I was happy when the weather forecast lied today. 90% chance of rain turned into none at all, oh yeah! Zac and I went out with the intent to try out the slackline set up that Sunny and Ben got us. We don't have a yard so I wanted to go out into the depths of the redwoods where no one would see us. Luckily, we know about an unused/old logging road that is now a trail that no one seems to use.
The trail was soaking wet from this week's rain and filled with an abundance of mushrooms. I was kinda hoping for a bear also. No bears, but there a couple tree frogs and a few banana slugs as usual. These made for good macros, speaking of...go here (macro monday) for more. That slug above was enjoying lunch when I snapped his picture. Look at his tiny teeth and eyes! I can usually find the frogs from their vocalizations, but then they hop away quickly, but this guy hung around for a photo op.
Now to the fungus, the mushrooms. We got a field guide today, but well, I'm having issues id'ing most of them. This one above? No idea what it is. The stem was 10-12 inches high and we only saw one. The ones below are called Orange Peel. Easy to see why, eh?
The next ones are Fluted Elfin Saddle if I'm not mistaken. But, I may be mistaken. Wild looking organisms!
This next set are all shrimp mushrooms I think. The green ones are just older, which is why they are green. Correct me if I'm incorrect, please, thank you.
Some lichen, drenched ferns and one of many beetles...
The one right below is Turkey Tail (I think) and the one below that is some sort of Russula - probably an older Black and White.
This next lot are all unknowns to me. I'll look more in depth in the book later, but for now? Dunno!
So, we did finally set the slackline up. It was the first try for both of us. For some reason, I thought it would be a breeze, but um, no. However, after about 20 minutes, I managed to walk 5 good size steps without falling or shaking the line violently, so I was pretty pumped about that. Here I am attempting to be graceful and making weird faces.