Spring Flowers

After recent rains, it was nice to see some blue sky this morning. The clouds put up a fight throughout the day, with occasional sprinkles from some of the bigger clouds, but overall the trend was towards clearing. It was chilly this morning, and snow had fallen down to 3000 feet or below on the … Read more

Golden Algae (Chromophyton rosanoffii)

Back in 2007, my brother and I noticed a mysterious golden sheen under a stump along Mosquito Cove trail. Some years later, the mystery was resolved, but until this week I had still not observed the golden sheen again. A couple of days ago while hiking Mosquito Cove trail with my kids, I checked under … Read more

Bioluminescent Firewood

Two unremarkable chunks of split cedar destined for a fire But look again – something strange is going on. It’s not photoshop tricks, just a long exposure in a dark room with a bit of fill flash I recently was offered a chance to see some glowing firewood a friend of a friend had noticed … Read more

Gavan Trail Fungus

Connor, Rowan and I went up Gavan Trail to the Upper Cross trail intersection today. Along the way I stopped to take more pictures of the orange polypore I had noticed previously. While there, Connor pointed out some other interesting looking fungi growing on the cut log end opposite the one with the orange polypore, … Read more

Licorice Fern on Elderberry

Licorice fern (Polypodium glycyrrhiza) is commonly found as an epiphyte (I think of it mostly on red alder and elderberry, but now that I think about it, I’m not sure it doesn’t occur on other trees and shrubs as well). So I was not surprised to see a bunch growing on an elderberry (Sambucus racemosa) … Read more