(this is a long post, sorry) Yesterday I went to Redwoods National for a good part of the day. Saw all sorts of good stuff - the elk herd was hanging out in the usual locale, but not close enough for any good photos. My World, Watery Wednesday, Nature Notes
I saw the garter snake on the trail fairly early on and threw on the macro. He was posing quite nicely but this was the only shot I got. I decided to then pick him up. I do this on occasion as I have no fear of non-venomous snakes but this time it backfired on me. He emitted his incredibly stinky defense mechanism grossness. Hot damn. That stuff smells horrible. It was so bad I almost had to turn back (seriously). Luckily there were creeks along the trail so I was able to sort of wash my hands. (Skunk cabbage below)
The falls! I debated bringing the tripod for the waterfall pictures, and was glad I decided to lug it. They were little but beautiful falls. Love the mossy rocks. So green!
The trail went through some really nice old growth redwoods. None of the stands had been cut in the past, which was awesome. It's more often than not that you will see stumps from logging in the past. I was happy that wasn't the case here, since seeing stumps from chopped down trees brings me down. There were tons of great groves here.
Lots of fungus action happening too. I'll dig out the guidebook and see if I can figure out what any of them are. I did find my new favorite mushroom, but I'm saving that for another post. The two pictures below - these fungi were only about a 1/2 inch tall (tiny!), good thing for the extension tube! There were quite a few growing upside down and at weird angles.
There was one downed redwood - lots of new life had sprung up on it..love that about redwoods. But the tree itself had some crazy textures going on...I haven't really seen that so much in redwoods. Reminded me of Bristlecone bark. It was really smooth to the touch and totally cool looking.
At the end of the trail, I more or less got mobbed by chestnut-backed chickadees. Too bad I did't have any trailmix to offer, because I'm pretty sure they would have landed on my hand. There were probably 20-25 of them acting crazy hyper (as usual for them) but they would land inches in front of my head, I could have reached out to them. Super cute. No photos though, I was swinging the lens around like a crazy person trying to find one that would sit still. I gave up and ended up just watching them for about 20 minutes. The wind had picked up again, at some violent mph's, so the drive back to Eureka was a little sketchy. I dunno what is going on with the wind here lately, but I'm ready for some nice calm air! At least in the redwoods, it's nice and sheltered. Thursday Challenge (green)