Field Journal: 24 - 30 March 2019 - Lovely Lichens Edition

Rising sun through fog along Meadow Trail
Foggy morning under the Peppernuts (California Bay Laurel) in the alluvial flat
Coast Redwood canopy on a windy afternoon

LICHENS

Recent storms have knocked a lot of branches out of the redwood canopy, so the forest floor is littered with exquisite lichens. They're so vibrant in early spring, when it's sunny enough to brighten the plant part of the lichen but still moist & cool enough for the fungal partner.

FUNGI

Scarlet Waxy Cap (Hygrocybe coccinea)
Zygote Fungi (Phylum Zygomycota) on animal dung
Zygote Fungi (Phylum Zygomycota) on animal dung under a log

PLANTS

Bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) leaf bud
Young Goldback Fern (Pentagramma triangularis)
Blue Dicks (Dichelostemma capitatum)
Western Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum)
Pacific Sanicle (Sanicula crassicaulis)
Pacific Trillium (Trillium ovatum)

SLIME MOLDS

Coral Slime Mold (Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa)
Slime Mold (Genus Stemonitis)
Wolf's Milk (Genus Lycogala)

ANIMALS

Newly-emerged Snakefly (Order Raphidioptera)
California Slender Salamander (Batrachoseps attenuatus) and Shoulderband Snail (Genus Helminthoglypta)

Previously: 22 March 2019 - Spring Green Special Edition

Next: 31 March - 06 April 2019 - The Forest With the More-est Edition

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