There are days when I look no further than my own little acre for the flora, fauna and surprising goings on!
Can you see just how small this frog is? This little frog lives under a cabinet door, lying on the patio, in a protected corner. We lifted it a few days ago and decided to leave things as they are. This little frog used to sound off inside a hollow piece of metal, and the acoustics – beautiful!
Don’t like slugs? I do! They’re the quintessential recyclers! Air breathing and native to old growth redwood forests, this species of slug is BIG, the one pictured is about six inches long. They’re differentiated by the size of their genitals. I noted one recently with brown sugar spots, as in an overripe banana. They’ve been known to drop down from redwood trees, ahem, us…
We support Ocean Air Farms, our farmer in Fort Dick, Ca. Community Supported Agriculture provides great organic food and happy peppers! This is an unaltered photo.
This polypore started out as a small white ball growing on a moss-covered redwood, in the canopy out back. I watched and waited patiently, while the fungi transformed into an oddly shaped. incredibly massive “mushroom.” I harvested and dried it, after noting that the area resembling shellac, was covered with a heavy dusting of spores. Ganoderma has long been known as having health preserving and medicinal properties.
It’s true! There is a pair here – can you see her? The male stood vigilant, while the female took a dust bath in my blueberry patch. I’ve been seeing them and another pair, nearly every morning.
Sadly, there are many massive stumps on our little acre. On the happy side, they provide nutrients for second-growth redwoods and host to other plants. I took this photo last year about this time. This year, the cathedral of second-growth redwoods have grown tremendously, after we removed invasive species, and the stump is home to very healthy Evergreen Huckleberry, Gaultheria (Salal) and Red Huckleberry. A cathedral of redwoods is a grouping of second-growth redwoods, which surrounds an old growth stump.
The lichen and moss, many lovely shades of green.
A little pass through the redwoods and spruce, to our roadway.
I harvested some last summer for the fine fragrance, and kept it by my bedside. Some I left to re-seed. It’s almost time to hunt for it again! To the right, is Redwood Sorrel, common in Coastal Redwood forests.
And finally, the sound I hear every morning and evening – the enchanting song of Swainson’s thrush.