There are days when I look no further than my own little acre for the flora, fauna and surprising goings on!

California Tree Frog

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!

Banana Slug

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…

Organic peppers from our local CSA.

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.

Ganoderma Oregonense

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.

Pair of California quail

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.

Old growth redwood stump  – one of many on this acre.

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.

Another casualty of clear cutting.

 The lichen and moss, many lovely shades of green.

A hiding place

A little pass through the redwoods and spruce, to our roadway.

Another view of the Ganoderma Oregonense

Growing through the composing manure

one of thousands of spider’s webs

Well, not thousands, though I’ve noticed that once the spiders start spinning, summer’s just around the corner and the rain gauge stays empty some days. We had fog on the morning I took this photo. The dew droplets provided a measure of substance for this photo.

Rabbit and Horse, talking.

Brandy and Amalie, saying hello to one another.  My rabbits and horses seem to enjoy the company of one another.  It’s quite amazing!

Our-Lady’s Bedstraw.

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. 

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