Our first good rainstorm of the year started late two nights ago, and just this morning it finally let up enough for me to get out in the woods. I was greeted with this glorious sight & sound:
Sweet, sweet streamflow! The water's still too muddy for me to tell whether there are any Taricha newts cavorting in the streams yet; the flow may be too strong for them. If they're not there yet, they will be soon!
I've been reading up on our local salamanders in Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of California, and the California Slender Salamanders (Batrochoseps attenuatus, pictured) are so long and narrow that they can use earthworm burrows!
The Slenders were the only salamanders I spotted today.
This enterprising little mushroom was fruiting in leaf debris on the side of a redwood tree:
I was in a hurry & didn't get a shot of the underside of these shelf mushrooms, but I think they're Stereum hirsutum:
More fungi species will be fruiting soon after all this rainfall, so stay tuned for more!