This sword Fern was found in Redwood Canyon. It had 8 fronds, non of which were fertile. There was only one Sword Fern in the area. The Rachis was 42 cm long. There were 2 dead fronds.
This baby Tan Oak was found in Redwood Canyon approximately 1 foot away from an adult Tanoak tree. It was approximately 3 feet tall and in a sun patch.
These 3 baby Redwoods were approximately 12 ft in height. There was approximately 8 ft of space between the 3 trees. They were located in Redwood Canyon.
There were approximately 12 individual ferns dispersed throughout our plot in Redwood Canyon. They were all non fertile and the leaves varied in size, but were approximately 20 cm in length.
This fallen redwood stump was located in the Redwood Forest. It was burnt and seemed to be the mother tree, as it was surrounded by stump sprouts. It left a huge stump depression approximately 12 feet wide.
This Fallen Redwood was located in Redwood Canyon. It was lying flat on the ground, but its' leaves were still green and it seemed to still be growing. It was approximately 20 feet long.
This baby Redwood was found in Redwood Canyon. It was smaller than the other 3 in the plot. It was approximately 18 feet tall. There were 4 other "sprouts" coming from the same base. The sprouts were approximately 12 feet tall. The entire plot was covered in dense foliage.
A cluster of Turkey Tails found on a fallen oak branch. The turkey tails were hard and possessed the distinguishing red accents. The cluster contained approximately 15 "flowers" they were all approximately 2 cm in diameter. I unfortunately did not get any pictures of the underside of this Turkey Tail, so it may be the False Turkey Tail.
Found along the trail, grew in bunches. There were lots of "bunches" in area. They were approximately 15 cm tall, and found in an area between a dense patch of poison oak and a dense patch of Douglas Fur's.
Found growing amongst the oat and others grasses, on the bank of Martin Creek. These delicate pink flowers were approximately .5cm in length.
This Arroyo Willow was located in the center of the dried up Martin Creek. There were 5 other sprawling willows. They were approximately 2 feet tall. They were not located in any other area of the creek.
This female Oregon Ash was found on the right side of the trail. They were approximately 7 leaflets on each stalk and each one was approximately 8 cm in length. The leaf itself was approximately 8.5 inches. This tree was in seed.
This Square Spotted Blue Butterfly was approximately 1cm in length. This butterfly was found wiggling its lower wings, possibly to warm itself up as it was early on in the day. It was located at the upper end of Martin Creek among the rattle snake grass.
This Red Willow was found in the dried Martin Creek, approximately 18 feet away from the Arroyo Willow. It was approximately 4.5 feet in height, with a base of roots approximately 1 foot tall. Only one found in area. There was an elder berry branch growing up through the center.
This mysterious purple plant(possibly a member of the mint family) was found among the rocks in a dry creek bed. There were approximately 7 other stalks in the area, varying lengths. They were approximately 25 cm tall, but the shorter stalks were green. They had simple opposite leaves and little "cup" like flowers. They had a square stem.
This sprawling bush covers about 7 feet. It did not contain many berries. The biggest leaf was approximately 5 cm and the smallest leaf was approximately 2.5 cm in length. The bush was hugging the trail and in a pretty sunny spot.
Approximately 50 honey bees were busily buzzing around a Tree possessing small, compound umbel like, white flowers(possibly a Toyon Tree?) Both the tree and the bees of course were located in a serpentine type of chaparral.
Found in a field Harding Grass. Very light in color with intricate pattern on back, consisting of darker spots. Approximately 1 inch in length. Many other grasshoppers found in same area, great variations in size and color.
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