Bear Creek Redwoods - a magical place in the winter

It's been a long time since I've hiked Bear Creek Redwoods. I'd forgotten what a magical place it can be in the winter. So many beautiful mushrooms, lichens, ferns and moss.
I thought my camera's battery was fully charged, but I guess not. It ran out of juice halfway through my hike. Maybe the fact that I had to use the flash for almost all the photos drained the battery faster than usual. There were so many more things I wanted to photograph. I'll have to go back soon.

Posted on December 16, 2022 06:44 PM by truthseqr truthseqr

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truthseqr

Date

December 15, 2022 10:10 AM PST

Description

Substrate: leaf litter beneath a Coast Live Oak tree

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Coprinellus Sect. Micacei (Section Micacei)

Observer

truthseqr

Date

December 15, 2022 10:11 AM PST

Description

Substrate: leaf litter beneath a Coast Live Oak tree

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Beard Lichens (Genus Usnea)

Observer

truthseqr

Date

December 15, 2022 10:14 AM PST

Description

Substrate: stick
Inner chord was white & elastic.

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Goldback Fern (Pentagramma triangularis)

Observer

truthseqr

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December 15, 2022 10:30 AM PST

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Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens)

Observer

truthseqr

Date

December 15, 2022 10:32 AM PST

Description

A coast redwood branch with buds on the ground.

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Common Gilled Mushrooms and Allies (Order Agaricales)

Observer

truthseqr

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December 15, 2022 10:33 AM PST

Description

Substrate: leaf litter beneath a redwood tree

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Common Gilled Mushrooms and Allies (Order Agaricales)

Observer

truthseqr

Date

December 15, 2022 10:33 AM PST

Description

Substrate: leaf litter beneath a redwood tree

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Speckled Greenshield (Flavopunctelia flaventior)

Observer

truthseqr

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December 15, 2022 10:34 AM PST

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California Wild Rose (Rosa californica)

Observer

truthseqr

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December 15, 2022 10:38 AM PST

Description

With fruit (rosehips).

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Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Observer

truthseqr

Date

December 15, 2022 10:38 AM PST

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Coyote Brush Bud Gall Midge (Rhopalomyia californica)

Observer

truthseqr

Date

December 15, 2022 10:39 AM PST

Description

There were several galls on this small bush.

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Broad-leaved Sweet Pea (Lathyrus latifolius)

Observer

truthseqr

Date

December 15, 2022 10:42 AM PST

Description

I've seen meadows full of these plants on the other side of the preserve:

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Hutton's Vireo (Vireo huttoni)

Observer

truthseqr

Date

December 15, 2022 10:43 AM PST

Description

In dark shade - hard to get a good photo.

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Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Observer

truthseqr

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December 15, 2022 10:43 AM PST

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Blewit (Collybia nuda)

Observer

truthseqr

Date

December 15, 2022 10:46 AM PST

Description

Substrate: leaf litter under a Coast Live Oak tree.

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Observer

truthseqr

Date

December 15, 2022 10:47 AM PST

Description

Substrate: leaf litter under a Coast Live Oak tree.

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Observer

truthseqr

Date

December 15, 2022 10:49 AM PST

Description

Substrate: leaf litter under a Coast Live Oak tree.

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Tall Flatsedge (Cyperus eragrostis)

Observer

truthseqr

Date

December 15, 2022 10:51 AM PST

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California Black Oak (Quercus kelloggii)

Observer

truthseqr

Date

December 15, 2022 10:55 AM PST

Description

This oak has dropped almost all of its leaves.

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Western Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum)

Observer

truthseqr

Date

December 15, 2022 10:57 AM PST

Description

I looked for sori, but didn't see any.

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Cutleaf Blackberry (Rubus laciniatus)

Observer

truthseqr

Date

December 15, 2022 10:58 AM PST

Description

Very prickly. This is the first time I've noticed this species.

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Western Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum aleuticum)

Observer

truthseqr

Date

December 15, 2022 11:00 AM PST

Description

I like the common name "five-finger maidenhair fern."

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Giant Chain Fern (Woodwardia fimbriata)

Observer

truthseqr

Date

December 15, 2022 11:00 AM PST

Description

Growing under the bridge near the stream.

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Western Wild Ginger (Asarum caudatum)

Observer

truthseqr

Date

December 15, 2022 11:03 AM PST

Description

There were several of these plants around the stream protected by wire cages. Either they were planted here or the wire cages were just to protect them from foragers.

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Blackedged Shield (Pluteus atromarginatus)

Observer

truthseqr

Date

December 15, 2022 11:05 AM PST

Description

Substrate: leaf litter beneath a Coast Redwood tree.

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Waxcaps (Genus Hygrocybe)

Observer

truthseqr

Date

December 15, 2022 11:09 AM PST

Description

Substrate: leaf litter beneath a Coast Redwood tree.

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Pacific Golden Chanterelle (Cantharellus formosus)

Observer

truthseqr

Date

December 15, 2022 11:08 AM PST

Description

Substrate: leaf litter beneath a Coast Redwood tree.

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Lyell's Bristle-Moss (Pulvigera lyellii)

Observer

truthseqr

Date

December 15, 2022 11:11 AM PST

Description

Substrate: stick

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Dusky-footed Woodrat (Neotoma fuscipes)

Observer

truthseqr

Date

December 15, 2022 12:49 PM PST

Description

Dead on the trail (I didn't see it on my way up the trail, only on my return trip). The body was soft, not stiff.

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Comments

I usually hike further north (Corte Madera, Purissima) but may have to check the hikes around Lexington Reservoir. Thanks.

Posted by pking1414 about 1 year ago

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