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Big Basin Berry Creek Falls in August

August on the Berry Creek Falls Loop (BCFL) Trail in the Forest of Big Basin State Park. [Route was clockwise except where stated otherwise. Report is by J. Zimmerman except where stated otherwise.]

Flower are our stars 2008 (counter-clockwise).
Flower are our stars 2007 (counter-clockwise).
Flower are our stars 2006.
Flower are our stars 2005.
Flower are our stars 2004 by J. Zimmerman and Scott Peden
Flower are our stars 2003 by J. Zimmerman and Scott Peden (minimal data).
Flower are our stars 2002 by Scott Peden.

Flower are our stars 7-year summary of flower-slug-newt data.
Flower are our stars Flower-slug-newt count graph.
Flower are our stars Wildflower species calendar on BCFL Trail.
Flower are our stars Walk With Scott Peden in Big Basin State Park.
NEW AUGUST 2005 Paces calibration (Berry Creek Falls Loop Trail).
Redwoods are our stars Life History and Ecological Guide to the Coast Redwood by Daniel J. Miller.
Trail plant closeup by Scott Peden
Trail Plant close-up (Adenocaulon bicolor)
(© 2005 by Scott Peden); blooms in June to October

Designation of "unique": In these reports, "unique" refers to any species that was seen in a single location on the reported day.

Designation of New flower added to our spotting: In these reports, New flower added to our spotting ("New") refers to a flower that was not spotted by us in previous years.

Thursday, August 7, 2008.

Report by J. Zimmerman.


Starting with the flowers (alphabetically) at Ranger Station HQ:
  1. [ALIEN] ["unique"] Cat's ear: Smooth cat's ear (yellow composite).
  2. [ALIEN] Helleborine: Broad-leaved helleborine (Epipactis helleborine).
  3. ["unique"] Stinging nettle (pale green). [*OUCH* do not *TOUCH*]
  4. Thistle: [ALIEN] ["unique"] Common or Bull thistle.

    Additional flowers (alphabetically) seen on the loop trail.

  5. Alum root (a.k.a. small-flowered Heuchera) (white).
  6. Boykinia: Coast Boykinia (a.k.a. Brook Foam), Boykinia Elata. 5 open white petals.
  7. ["unique"] Burning Bush near streams. Brownish-red flowers hide under the outermost leaves.
  8. ["unique"] Bush poppy. Yellow.
  9. ["unique"] Golden Chinquapin. Both flowers and fruit.
  10. Elk's Clover a.k.a. Spikenard. White flowers, huge leaves, always near water.
  11. ["unique"] Fireweed: New Zealand fireweed (Erichtides minima). [Identified by Tim Hyland from photographs by Scott Peden.] Tiny yellow composites on tall (4 or 5 feet) plant with alternate 4-plus-inch leaves (half-inch wide).
  12. Harebell: California Harebell, Asyneuma prenanthoides (blue).
  13. Hawkweed (white; similar growth pattern to madia).
  14. Hedge nettle: California hedge nettle (Stachys bulleta) Not a true nettle, so you may touch it painlessly. Rose/blue/purplish flowers.
  15. ["unique"] Lily: Leopard lily (a.k.a. Panther lily or tiger lily), Lilium pardalinum. Orange.
  16. Madia: Slender madia (a.k.a. grassy tarweed) (Madia gracilis). 5-petal yellow flower; thin alternate leaves. [Identified by Scott Peden.]
  17. Madia: Woodland madia (a.k.a. tarweed) (Madia madioides).
  18. ["unique"] Redwood sorrel (white).
  19. Sugar scoop (saxifrage, sometimes called False Mitrewort), Tiatella unifoliata (white).
  20. Trail Plant (Adenocaulon bicolor) (cluster of very tiny 5-petaled white flowers. Bring your magnifying glass!!).
  21. ["unique"] Violet: Redwood violet (yellow).


Slug and herp (usually newt) counts by sections (walking counter-clockwise), taking Dool Trail toward Sunset Trail - beginning our counter-clockwise exploration.

By Middle Ridge Fire Road: 1 slug.

By Sky-Line-to-the-Sea Trail Connector on Sunset Trail: 0 new slugs; 1 total.

By West Waddell Creek Bridge on Sunset Trail: 7 new slugs; 8 total.

By Timms Creek Trail on Sunset Trail: 0 new slugs; 8 total.

By East Berry Creek Bridge: 0 new slugs; 8 total. 1 aquatic herp in the stream.

By Sunset camp connector trail: 2 new slugs; 10 total. 0 new herps; 1 total.

By Silver Falls: 0 new slugs; 10 total. 12 1-inch aquatic herps ; 13 total.

By Berry Creek Falls Bench and Viewing Platform: 0 new slugs; 10 total. 1 new herp; 14 total.

By Berry Creek Falls view from Seat: 0 new slugs; 10 total.

By West Waddell Creek Bridge: 0 new slugs; 10 total.

By Timms Creek Trail: 1 new slug; 11 total.

By West (lower) End of the connector trail: 2 new slugs; 13 total.

By East (upper) End of the connector trail: 0 new slugs; 13 total.

By Kelly Creek Bridge: 0 new slugs; 13 total.

By Sunset Connector: 0 new slugs; 13 total.

By Middle Ridge Fire Road: 0 new slugs; 13 total.

Arriving back at Park Head Quarters: 0 new slugs; 13 total.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007.

Report by J. Zimmerman.


Starting with the flowers (alphabetically) at Ranger Station HQ, many of which are seen on the loop trail; 2 banana slugs at HQ:
  1. [ALIEN] Broad-leaved helleborine (Epipactis helleborine).
  2. [ALIEN] Common or Bull thistle.
  3. Nut sedge (a.k.a. Tall Cyperus), Cyperus eragrostis, with umbel of flowers at top of straight leafless stem.
  4. New flower added to our spotting Pacific or Western Rush, Juncus occidentalis. Flower is a fuzzy ball.
  5. ["unique"] Sedge with reddish flowers on a single spike.
  6. ["unique"] Stinging nettle (pale green). [*OUCH* do not *TOUCH*]

    Taking Dool Trail toward Sunset Trail - beginning our counter-clockwise exploration.

    By Middle Ridge Fire Road: 0 new slugs; 2 total.

  7. Woodland madia (a.k.a. tarweed) (Madia madioides).
  8. Hawkweed (white; similar growth pattern to madia).
  9. California Broom a.k.a. deerweed, Lotus Scoparius (yellow and red).
  10. California Harebell, Asyneuma prenanthoides (blue).

    By Sky-Line-to-the-Sea Trail Connector on Sunset Trail: 1 new slug; 3 total.

    Abandoned hornet's nest on the ground; beautiful thin paper layers of various pale browns.

    By West Waddell Creek Bridge on Sunset Trail: 22 new slugs; 25 total.

    By Timms Creek Trail on Sunset Trail: 0 new slugs; 25 total.

  11. Wintergreen, Pyrola picta var. aphylla (red).
  12. ["unique"] Rein orchid (Habenaria unalascensis); white flower and white-greenish stem; tail to the flower.
  13. Redwood sorrel (pink).
  14. Sugar scoop (saxifrage, sometimes called False Mitrewort), Tiatella unifoliata (white).

    By East Berry Creek Bridge: 2 new slugs; 27 total. 9 aquatic newts (including juveniles) in the stream.

  15. ["unique"] Salal, Gaultheria shallon
  16. Golden Chinquapin. Both flowers and fruit.
  17. ["unique"] Scrub oak flowers (Quercus dumosa). [Identified by Scott Peden.]
  18. Bush poppy (yellow).

    By Sunset camp connector trail: 0 new slugs; 27 total. 0 new newts.

  19. Coast Boykinia (a.k.a. Brook Foam), Boykinia Elata (5 open white petals).
  20. Trail Plant (Adenocaulon bicolor) (cluster of very tiny 5-petaled white flowers. Bring your magnifying glass!!).
  21. Ocean spray (white).
  22. Toyon (green-white).
  23. Tanoak catkins.

    By Silver Falls: 0 new slugs. 12 aquatic newts (7 at Golden Falls, 5 at Silver Falls); 21 total.

  24. Redwood violet (yellow).
  25. Elk's Clover a.k.a. Spikenard (white flowers, huge leaves, always near water).
  26. Alum root (a.k.a. small-flowered Heuchera) (white).

    By Berry Creek Falls Bench and Viewing Platform: 0 new slugs. 2 aquatic newts; 23 total.

  27. Leopard lily (a.k.a. Tiger lily or Panther lily), Lilium pardalinum. Orange.

    By Berry Creek Falls view from Seat: 0 new slugs. 0 new newts.

  28. New flower added to our spotting New Zealand fireweed (Erichtides minima). [Identified by Tim Hyland from photographs by Scott Peden.] Tiny yellow composites on tall (4 or 5 feet) plant with alternate 4-plus-inch leaves (half-inch wide).

    By West Waddell Creek Bridge: 0 new slugs or newts.

  29. Burning Bush (ratty remnants of brownish red flowers hidden under the outermost leaves and qualified by Scott Peden).

    By Timms Creek Trail: 0 new slugs; 27 total. 2 new newt; 25 total newts.

    By West (Lower) End of connector trail: 2 new slug; 29 total.

    By East (Upper) End of the connector trail: 4 new slug; 33 total.

    By Kelly Creek Bridge: 2 new slug; 35 total.

    By Sunset connector: 0 new slugs.

    By Middle Ridge Fire Road: 2 new slug; 37 total.

    Yellow jacket swarm at one of the rare areas of damp earth; honey bees at another [Scott Peden].

    Arriving back via Sky-Line-to-the-Sea Trail at Park Head Quarters: 3 new slugs; 40 total. 0 new newts; 25 total newts.

Wednesday, August 9, 2006.

Report by J. Zimmerman.


A few wildflowers visible by the Ranger Station HQ:
  1. Woodland madia (a.k.a. tarweed) (Madia madioides).
  2. Broad Leaved Hellebore (Epipactis helleborine) (ALIEN).
  3. Common or Bull thistle (ALIEN).

    Take Sky-Line-to-the-Sea Trail toward Middle Ridge Fire Road. Slug count so far is 0.

  4. California Harebell, Asyneuma prenanthoides (blue).
  5. Tanoaks.
  6. Redwood violet (a.k.a. Evergreen violet) (Viola sempervirens).
  7. Alum root (a.k.a. crevice heuchera or small-flowered heuchera) (Heuchera micrantha). The petals of this flower curl back.
  8. Hawkweed (white; leaves alternate; otherwise similar growth pattern to madia).

    By Middle Ridge Fire Road: 0 new slugs, 0 total.

  9. White Rein or royal orchid, Piperia transversa.

    By Sunset Connector Trail junction: 2 new slugs, 2 total.

  10. ["unique"] Smooth cat's ear (yellow composite) (ALIEN).
  11. California hedge nettle (Stachys bulleta). Not a true nettle, so you may touch it painlessly.

    By Kelly Creek Bridge: 1 new slug, 3 total.

    By East End (upper) of the side trail: 3 new slug, 6 total.

  12. Elk's Clover a.k.a. Spikenard (white flowers, huge leaves, always near water).

    By West End (lower) of the side trail: 2 new slug, 8 total.

  13. Sugar scoop (saxifrage, sometimes called False Mitrewort), Tiatella unifoliata (white).
  14. Trail Plant (white)

    By Timms Creek Trail: 3 new slugs, 11 total.

  15. Coast Boykinia (Boykinia Elata) (white). Aka Brook Foam. (5 open white petals).
  16. ["unique"] Burning Bush near stream (brownish red flowers hide under the outermost leaves).

    By West Waddell Creek Bridge: 3 new slugs, 14 total.

    By Berry Creek Falls first view (at Seat): 0 new slugs, 14 total.

    By Berry Creek Falls viewing platform and bench: 0 new slugs, 14 total.

    By Silver Falls: 0 new slugs, 14 total.

    By Sunset Camp Connector Trail junction with Sunset Trail: 0 new slugs, 14 total.

  17. Toyon (green-white).
  18. Bush Poppy. Yellow.
  19. Chamise (Adenostoma fasiculatum).
  20. Cudweed.

    By East Berry Creek Bridge: 0 new slugs, 14 total.

    By Timms Creek Trail junction with Sunset Trail: 0 new slugs, 14 total.

    By West Waddell Creek Bridge: 0 new slugs, 50 total.

  21. ["unique"] Hairy Honeysuckle (Lonicera hispidula) (pink)

    By Sky-Line-to-the-Sea Trail Connector junction with Sunset Trail: 0 new slugs, 14 total.

    By Middle Ridge Fire Road: No additions.

    By Dool Trail: No additions.

  22. ["unique"] Deer Weed (Lotus scoparius).

    By HQ: No additions.


Wednesday, August 3, 2005.

Report by J. Zimmerman.


A few wildflowers visible by the Ranger Station HQ:
  1. Rush.
  2. California hedge nettle (Stachys bulleta). Not a true nettle, so you may touch it painlessly.
  3. Woodland madia (a.k.a. tarweed) (Madia madioides).
  4. ["unique"] Yerba buena (light blue).
  5. Hawkweed (white; leaves alternate; otherwise similar growth pattern to madia).

    Take Sky-Line-to-the-Sea Trail toward Middle Ridge Fire Road. Slug count so far is 0.

  6. Smooth cat's ear (yellow composite) (ALIEN).
  7. ["unique"] Common or Bull thistle (ALIEN).
  8. Redwood violet (a.k.a. Evergreen violet) (Viola sempervirens).
  9. California Harebell, Asyneuma prenanthoides (blue).
  10. Alum root (a.k.a. crevice heuchera or small-flowered heuchera) (Heuchera micrantha). The petals of this flower curl back.

    By Middle Ridge Fire Road: 0 new slugs, 0 total.

  11. Hairy Honeysuckle (Lonicera hispidula) (pink)
  12. Orange Sticky Monkey Flower (Diplacus aurantiacus).

    By Sunset Connector Trail junction: 9 new slugs, 9 total.

    By Kelly Creek Bridge: 6 new slugs, 15 total.

  13. Redwood sorrel (Oxalis oregana). White; sometimes mauve, pinkish, or bluish.

    By East End (upper) of the side trail: 0 new slug, 15 total.

  14. Elk's Clover a.k.a. Spikenard (white flowers, huge leaves, always near water).

    By West End (lower) of the side trail: 15 new slug, 30 total.

  15. Trail Plant (white)
  16. Sugar scoop (saxifrage, sometimes called False Mitrewort), Tiatella unifoliata (white).

    By Timms Creek Trail: 7 new slugs, 37 total.

  17. Coast Boykinia (Boykinia Elata) (white). Aka Brook Foam. (5 open white petals).
  18. Broad Leaved Hellebore (Epipactis helleborine) (ALIEN).

    By West Waddell Creek Bridge: 8 new slugs, 45 total.

    By Berry Creek Falls first view (at Seat): 0 new slugs, 45 total.

    By Berry Creek Falls viewing platform and bench: 1 new slug, 46 total.

    By Silver Falls: 4 new slug, 50 total.

    By Sunset Camp Connector Trail junction with Sunset Trail: 0 new slugs, 50 total.

  19. Trefoil: Small-flowered Trefoil (Lotus Micranthus).
  20. Chamise (Adenostoma fasiculatum).
  21. Bush Poppy. Yellow.
  22. Toyon (green-white).
  23. ["unique"] Pearly Everlasting.

    By East Berry Creek Bridge: 0 new slugs, 50 total.

  24. Two-eyed violet (Viola ocellata).
  25. ["unique"] Native Stream Orchid (Epipactis Gigantea)!

    By Timms Creek Trail junction with Sunset Trail: 0 new slugs, 50 total.

    By West Waddell Creek Bridge: 0 new slugs, 50 total.

  26. ["unique"] California milkwort (Polygala californica). Rose/blue/purplish flowers.
  27. White Rein or royal orchid, Piperia transversa.
  28. ["unique"] Blackberry.

    By Sky-Line-to-the-Sea Trail Connector junction with Sunset Trail: 1 new slug, 51 total.

    By Middle Ridge Fire Road: No additions.

    By Dool Trail: No additions.

    By HQ: No additions.


Thursday, August 5, 2004.

Report by J. Zimmerman and Scott Peden, Photographer and Docent at Big Basin State Park.

Designation of "unique": In this report, the designation of "unique" is given to those species that were seen in a single location.


Starting with the flowers at Ranger Station HQ:
  1. ["unique"] Stinging nettle (green).
  2. Rush.

    Take Sky-Line-to-the-Sea Trail toward Middle Ridge Fire Road.

  3. Tan oak.
  4. Redwood violet (yellow).
  5. California Harebell, Asyneuma prenanthoides (blue).
  6. ["unique"] Tall thin-stemmed many-branched plant with tiny yellow flower and lots of fluffy seeds.
  7. Hawkweed (white; similar growth pattern to madia).

    By Middle Ridge Fire Road crossing, slug count so far is 0.

    By Sunset Connector Trail junction: 1 new slug, 1 total.

  8. Alum root (white). [A.k.a. small-flowered Heuchera.]
  9. California Hedge nettle (pink).
  10. ["unique"] Orange sticky monkey flower (orange).
  11. Woodland madia or tarweed, Madia madioides (yellow flower; leaves are opposite).

    By Kelly Creek Bridge: 7 new slugs, 8 total.

    By East (upper) End of the side trail: 2 new slugs, 10 total.

  12. Elks Clover a.k.a. Spikenard (white flowers, huge leaves, always near water).
  13. ["unique"] Redwood sorrel (pale pink).

    By West (lower) End of the side trail: 4 new slugs, 14 total.

  14. Trail Plant (Adenocaulon bicolor). (White cluster of very tiny 5-petaled flowers. Bring your magnifying glass!!)
  15. [alien] Broad Leaved Helleborine, Epipactis helleborine (pink with lower lip or tongue; in dry area).

    By Timms Creek Trail: 3 new slugs, 17 total.

  16. Coast Boykinia, Boykinia Elata (white). A.k.a. Brook Foam. (5 open white petals).
  17. ["unique"] Leopard lily (a.k.a. Panther lily or tiger lily), Lilium pardalinum. Orange.
  18. Burning Bush near stream (brownish red flowers hide under the outermost leaves).

    Hooray for snakes 9" aquatic garter snake (yellow top strip; red stripe along each side).

    By BC Falls first view at Seat: 2 new slugs, 19 total.

  19. Wintergreen, Pyrola picta var. aphylla (red).

    Honorable mention: ["unique" but not counted as a separate species] Pink Boykinia (not counted as separate species) (5 pink petals; 5 long stamens).

    By Silver Falls. 0 new slugs, 19 total; 9 aquatic newts (including 7 by Silver Falls).

  20. ["unique"] Toyon (green-white).
  21. ["unique"] Bush poppy (yellow).

    By Sunset Camp Connector Trail junction with Sunset Trail: 2 new slugs, 21 total.

    By East Berry Creek Bridge: 0 new slugs, 21 total.

    Hooray for snakes A huge (3 feet long, one-inch diameter) aquatic garter snake.

    By Timms Creek Trail junction with Sunset Trail: 0 new slugs, 21 total.

    By West Waddell Creek Bridge: 0 new slugs, 21 total.

  22. ["unique"] Two-eyed violet (white with purple eye spots and purple back to top two petals).
  23. Purple Nutsedge (brown flowers).

    Hooray for snakes A slow-moving chocolate-brown 24"-30" long snake with faint diamond lattice on its back. The large scales on its head helped identify this as a 'female' Rubber Boa. (Such snakes are a uniform color and can be olive green, reddish brown, or from tan to chocolate. They can be 14"-33" long. In late August-September, they bear between two and eight live young (7" long). Adult males have well developed vestigial hind limbs (called spurs) near the anus; in females, the spurs are small.)

  24. ["unique"] White Rein or royal orchid, Piperia transversa.

    By Sky-Line-to-the-Sea Trail Connector junction with Sunset Trail: 0 new slugs, 21 total.

    Splendid shield-back katydid: 1.5 inches long.

    By Middle Ridge Fire Road: 0 new slugs, 21 total.

    Hooray for snakes One terrestrial garter snake: 24"; yellow stripe on back; no stripes on side.

    By Dool Trail: 0 new slugs, 21 total.

Monday August 11, 2003.

Notes by J. Zimmerman and Scott Peden .

 
4 banana slugs and 15 flower species blooming.
(Look at slug and flower count graph in a new window.)
 

Lots of tan oak catkins on the ground. Occasional thump as the wind blew down tan oak cones. Species seen in blossom (alphabetically): Butterweed (yellow) California Harebell (blue) California Hedge Nettle (pink) California Spikenard (white) Hawkweed (yellow) Redwood Sorrel (pale pink) Redwood Violet (yellow) Rein orchid (Scott suggests Piperia trans versa) (pale green) Sugar Scoop (white) Tarweed (yellow) Leopard Lily (magnificent orange) Trail Plant (white) Western Azalea (cream though old and desiccated) White Hawkweed (white) Wintergreen (pink) [The pinkness makes me think Bog Wintergreen (Pyrola asarifolia) though it seems to be outside its range.]

August, 2002.

Report by Scott Peden, Photographer and Docent at Big Basin State Park.

This Glorious Day held THESE HIGHLIGHTS:

Historical note: Although we saw lots of berries on this hike, Berry Creek, and Falls, were named for a Mr. Berry, who had a cabin just below the falls.

 
We left at 8:41 AM from the Ranger Station/HQ, taking Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail 
toward Berry Creek Falls.  
  
Park HQ to Middle Ridge Fire Road, on the Skyline to the Sea Trail:
       
    1. California Hedge Nettle
    2. Rushes in Bloom
    3. Harebell
    4. Redwood Violet
 
Middle Ridge Fire Road to Sunset Trail connector:
 
    5. Hawkweed
       Harebell (lots of them!)
     * Pairs of Orange Red seeds on the Hookers Fairy Bells
    6. Wintergreen, Pyrola Picta   
 
Banana Slug, 1.
 
Sunset Trail Connector to Kelly Creek bridge:
 
  Start of the hillside meadow.
    7. Tarweed
    8. Blackberry
    9. Orange Sticky Monkey Flower
   10. A fading One Leaved Onion
   11. Ocean Spray
   12. Common Groundsel
     * The bright black/purple seeds of 'Douglas' Nightshade
       end of hillside meadow
     * Doug, One of the State Trail Crew Members making a small bridge winter-ready.
       Harebell
   13. Alum Root
     * four Spotted(?) Coral Root Orchids with large seed pods, not quite dry.
 
Banana Slugs, 2 more, total 3.
 
Kelly Creek bridge to east end of Loop Trail:
 
       Harebell
       Redwood Violet
       Alum Root
   14. Elks Clover/Spikenard
     * A huge cluster of reddish seeds on the end of a Fat (False) Solomon's Seal
     * Seed pods on Bedstraw 
    a.k.a. Cleavers (Galium aparine).
     * Bluing Balls or Bead Lily  (Here is a good name change, when in-flower this is the Red Clintonia!)
 
Banana Slugs 4, total 7.
 
East end of Loop Trail to the west end of Loop Trail:
 
       Ca Hedge Nettle
       Elks Clover/Spikenard
     * Banana Slug having eaten 1/2 of a huge Western Wake Robin (Trillium Ovatum) leaf
     * 3/4" snail that has  a brownish gray shell, on a dry tan Oak leaf
       Harebell
     * Hookers Fairy Bell, with 8 pairs of red seeds
 
Banana Slugs 3, total is now 10.
 
West end of Loop Trail, to Timms Creek Trail:
 
   15. Helleborine, European Invasive Orchid
       Harebell
       Ca. Hedge Nettle
   16. Redwood Sorrel
     * Five-Finger Ferns
       Alum Root
     * Banana Slug eating a California Hedge Nettle leaf
       Bluing Balls
   17. Trail Plant
     * An orchid that I am as yet unfamiliar with: it has seed pods; it is on the uphill side of the trail,
             just before a U-shaped cut in a log that we have to walk through; and this is just before the
             Timms Creek Trail intersection.
 
Banana Slugs 4 for a total of 14.
At this point we have seen so many folks, that we have been reminiscing about the Winter, when we
would find more banana Slugs than people!
 
Timms Creek Trail to the viewing bench of Berry Creek Falls:
 
   18. Sugar Scoop
     * Lady Ferns
       Trail Plant
       Hellebourines lots of them from one end to the other of this trail section
     * Poison Oak, looking just lovely with Sword Fern and Redwood Sorrel in a creekside setting.
       Bluing Balls
     * Huge Fly, 1/2 the size of the Redwood Violet leaf that it is sitting on. 6 legs, wings similar to a
             honeybee, Glossy Black head, and a amberish thorax. Wings folded so far over the back that it
             looks like one wing. From what I can tell from my California Insets, this may be a
             Rodent BOT  fly.
       Redwood Sorrel
     * Dew in the spider Webs shimmer as they go far up the side of a redwood giant.
     * The Fetid Adders Tongue leaves, from the Jan/Feb blooming, are now turning yellow and
              decomposing. The seed heads are now all open and the seeds dispersed.
       Hawkweed
       Ca Hedge Nettle
       Harebell
     * The water at Berry Creek Falls is now noticeable less, even from the viewing bench.
 
Banana Slugs 3 more, 17 total.
 
Berry Creek Falls viewing bench to Silver Falls (arrived at 12:45 p.m.):
 
       Ca Hedge Nettle
       Trail Plant
       Sugar Scoop
       Alum Root
       Harebell
       Bluing Balls
       Elks Clover/Spikenard
       Wintergreen, Pyrola Picta
   19. Brook Foam, Boykinia Elata
     * the red Rose Hips, of the Wood Rose
     * many California Sisters (butterfly's)
 
Banana Slugs, 1 more, 18 total.        
 
Silver/Cascade/Golden Falls to the Sunset Camp trail marker:
 
     * Gorgeous huge Spider webs
     * it is obvious at golden falls that the water flow on the west Berry Creek is only 1/4th as wide as it
             was in June.
     * Nutmeg needles are really standing out at this time of the year. I have never noticed so many of them before. 
             There isn't any trail dust on them either.
 
Sunset Camp trail marker to East Berry Creek bridge:
        We arrived at the trail marker at 1:45
 
Entering a Chaparral area:
   20. Chamise
   21. Bush Poppy
     * The hillside where the fire happened about 4 years ago, is carpeted green, with Knobcone Pine
             trees, 4-7 feet tall, and some of these have cones on them already.
     * More fresh berries (little apples) on the Manzanita's
   22. Toyon, 1 lone branch with flowers
     * Other Toyon Branches have dozens of green seeds, that will turn red later in the season, giving this,
             our State Shrub, the nick name of the California Christmas Tree.
   23. California Cudweed
     * Yerba Santa Seeds
     * Huckleberry; from these dwarfed chaparral climate Huckleberry bushes are blue black.
             reentering the coniferous forest
       Harebell many of them
 
East Berry Creek bridge to Timms Creek Trail:
 
       Harebell
     * Huge seed pods on the Iris Dougliousa, about to open
     * large white mushrooms about to come thru the ground
     * Many Rosehips on a large Wood Rose, by several dead Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) Trees,
	   at the highest part of this section of trail.
   24. White Milkwort. Uncommon not just in its color, but these are growing in clumps instead
             of individual plants, as I am accustomed to see in this park.
     * Spotted Coral Root Orchid 'unspotted Yellow variety'
 
Banana Slug 1, total now 19.
 
Timms Creek Trail to the West Waddell Creek bridge:
 
   25. Spotted Coral Root Orchid "Red unspotted variety"
   * Pileated Woodpecker and Chickadees just before the Bridge
 
West Waddell Creek bridge to the Skyline to the Sea Trail connector (arrived at the bridge at 3:10 p.m.):
 
   * Dried up stalk with seed pods of Spotted Coral Root Orchid "unspotted yellow variety"
       Harebell
       Redwood Violet
       Hawkweed
       Orange Sticky Monkey flower 
   *Rose hips
   26. Rein Orchid, Piperia trans versa
 
Skyline to the Sea Connector Trail, to Middle Ridge Fire Road
       Hawkweed
 
No other flowers on the way back to the Ranger Station, arriving at 4:50 PM, 
for a little over 8 Hours, and 213 pictures.
  

Summer is over, and Fall has officially arrived. Poison Oak turning red, Green cones on the ground of the Redwood Trees, and the Redwoods are also 'wearing' their russet under clothes: the trees shed needles, especially heavily at this time of the year, and this is what is turning brown under all of the healthy green.

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