Sunday, June 2, 2013
Quincy to Grass Valley, Part 3
I'm back, Monday night, 7:58 and fading fast. Saw several new species on this trip, so the research is taking some time. Here's some narrative for Part 3. The top photo was taken by a beautiful waterfall coming down a cliff facing North so it was a cool, damp place with lots of interesting flowers and mosses. The top photo here is Five-finger Fern, Adiantum aleuticum. It pretty much covered the cliff on both sides of the waterfall. Lots of leaves of the Waterfall Buttercup mixed in, the flowers having bloomed probably a month ago.
This next little white one might be a species of Linanthes, the genus of Meadow Foam, but I'm very unsure about it. Will keep looking.
I took two photos of this big Banana Slug. I didn't notice the seed from a California Buckeye in the upper right corner until I put the photo on my computer screen. Then I decided I rather like the composition with the nut and my fingers for scale.
This is a Mimuus, most species of which are called Monkeyflowers. This one, I believe, is Mimulus moschatus, and is commonly known as Muskflower. Formerly in the Family Scrophulariaceae, it is now placed in the Family Phrymaceae. To me, it's still a Monkeyflower.