San Francisquito Creek spills over Fire Road C
Slower shutter than previous photo.
A small branch in the creek spillover at Fire Road C
A partial fairy ring of mushrooms along Fire Road C
Mushrooms from the fairy ring.
I did not uproot the upside-down one; somebody or something left it that way.
A mossy log with Stereum hirsutum and Annulohypoxylon thouarsianum, both parasitixed by (probably) Hypomyces sp.
Stereum hirsutum parasitized by (probably) Hypomyces sp.
Annulohypoxylon thouarsianum, Cramp Ball, parasitized by (probably) Hypomyces sp.
Annulohypoxylon thouarsianum, Cramp Ball
The sunken disks surrounding the perithecia rule out the similar looking Daldinia grandis and D. childiae
Probably Calocera cornea, a jelly fungus
I think that's a tiny wasp on the jelly fungus
Or maybe it's a fly with really long antennae and exaggerated halteres. The insect's body length must not be over 2 mm.
Turret-spider burrow. Antrodiaetus riversi.
Double-barreled turret-spider burrow
Is this one burrow with two openings or two turrets fused together?
Two burrows of the tiger beetle Omus californicus in a bank along Trail 1.
The diameter of the holes is 4-6 mm, and they show the characteristic bevel caused by the shield-like head of the larva.
Immature sori on Polypody fern
A liverwort on the trailside bank along Trail 1
Closeup of previous liverwort
I'm no bryophyte expert, but I think the smaller umbrella-shaped structures are the archegonial or antheridial heads of the gametophyte.
Closeup of previous liverwort.
A lichen (cf. Evernia sp.) in moss on a log along Trail 1
A newt, motionless on a log
When I approached, the newt made its escape.
This is the most dynamic photo of a newt that I've ever taken. ;-)
Deer in the grassland on Fire Road C below the Research Station