Winter in Las Trampas, East Side

Oaken Ghosts
Deciduous California black oaks looking ghostly amid their evergreen kin

Headed to Las Trampas today, one of my favorite parks in the East Bay. Not sure why I love it so much, since it pales in comparison to Diablo in pretty much every way, but it has a lot of the same feel and many of the same habitats. It's just a nice piece of land with fine views and some beautiful chamise chaparral.

Anyway, I'd never been to the Ringtail trailhead before so my hiking companion and I headed there and started the day off with a fine Sharp-tailed Snake. Never a bad sign. Surprising number of people on the trail, both a good and bad thing, as we discussed. Macrofungi were few in number and diversity, perhaps they need a few days to dry out and breath. We were treated to some vulture companions at lunch and a pond full of newts further down the trail, and, I have to admit it, some very comely cows and their adorable calfs. Mostly it was just grand to drink in the verdant landscape and to see all the plants getting ready for spring.

And, of course, I failed to write down any questions and I've just forgotten them all, even though I recall saying "I don't know" several times.

Just another day in the East Bay

Publicado por kueda kueda, 15 de enero de 2017

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Culebra de Cola Puntiaguda (Contia tenuis)

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kueda

Fecha

Enero 14, 2017 12:12 PM PST

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Hongos de Coral (Clavariadelphus occidentalis)

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kueda

Fecha

Enero 14, 2017 04:57 PM PST

Lugar

Alamo, CA (Google, OSM)
Fungi

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Hongos (Reino Fungi)

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kueda

Fecha

Enero 14, 2017 12:35 PM PST

Lugar

Alamo, CA (Google, OSM)
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Hongos (Reino Fungi)

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kueda

Fecha

Enero 14, 2017 03:42 PM PST

Descripción

Garrya leaf curling gall. This might be first time seeing this in the bay area.

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kueda

Fecha

Enero 14, 2017 04:59 PM PST

Lugar

Alamo, CA (Google, OSM)

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kueda

Fecha

Enero 14, 2017 04:42 PM PST

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Pie Azul (Lepista nuda)

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kueda

Fecha

Enero 14, 2017 03:37 PM PST

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Carpintero Bellotero (Melanerpes formicivorus)

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kueda

Fecha

Enero 14, 2017 12:58 PM PST

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kueda

Fecha

Enero 14, 2017 01:18 PM PST

Descripción

Probably developing sporophytes and not yet identifiable.

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Liquen Luna Pimienta (Sticta fuliginosa)

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kueda

Fecha

Enero 14, 2017 01:21 PM PST

Descripción

My first time seeing this in the East Bay, though I knew to look for it because of Cat's observations. Thanks, Cat!

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Bejori de Cerca Occidental (Sceloporus occidentalis)

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kueda

Fecha

Enero 14, 2017 01:44 PM PST

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Mariposa Almirante Rojo (Vanessa atalanta)

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kueda

Fecha

Enero 14, 2017 02:14 PM PST

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Avispas de Las Agallas (Familia Cynipidae)

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kueda

Fecha

Enero 14, 2017 03:36 PM PST

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kueda

Fecha

Enero 14, 2017 03:36 PM PST

Descripción

I suspect this is H. pacificus, but I guess I can't rule out a solitary H. malus.

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Madroño del Pacífico (Arbutus menziesii)

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kueda

Fecha

Enero 14, 2017 03:44 PM PST

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Hongos de Copa, Morillas Y Parientes (Orden Pezizales)

Observ.

kueda

Fecha

Enero 14, 2017 03:51 PM PST

Descripción

Otidea smithii? Doesn't seem to be Peziza praetervisa b/c the lower surface isn't pale. Growing near oak on a dry, sandy ridge, but not necessarily under it. Also chamise nearby.

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Tritón de California (Taricha torosa)

Observ.

kueda

Fecha

Enero 14, 2017 04:13 PM PST

Descripción

Tons in this pool, tons. Didn't see any chorus frogs but I imagine they'd be out if we returned at night.

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