June 6-9, 2011. Far Northern California. Alex and I backpacked to the Mining Ridge camp, near the Gold Bluff Beach, in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. We also spent one night at the Elk Prairie (car) campground.
Monday, June 6. Site 55 at the Elk Prairie campground.
It was right next to the not-all-that-large Prairie Creek.
Sequoia sempervirens. Before dinner we did a 2-1/2 mile hike through the redwoods a bit north of the campground, mostly on the Brown Creek Trail. Dark in here.
Downed logs collected sorrel, ferns, and photographers.
This bridge on a side trail led to the Carl Alwin Schenck grove. Schenck founded the first school of forestry in US, in 1898.
Trillium ovatum. Pacific trillium.
After burgers in Orick, we visited the Roosevelt elk at the Davidson Road - Elk Meadow area. This part of the herd was all does.
Two bucks were separate, close to the parking area. This is the younger one, with soft velvet.
But the REAL elk show was in the campground.
They were only 50-100' away from one of the campground roads.
Tuesday, June 7. Heading out on the trail. The first section has this walkway over a boggy area. It's almost a big tree house.
Our campsite is near the beach, after a mid-day walk through forest much like is in view here.
Sequoia sempervirens (coast redwood) with a nice burl.
Iris douglasiana (Douglas Iris) is the obvious guess but there are some other similar irises up here so I'm not quite 100% sure. Suffice to say, the details in this forest were as interesting as huge redwoods and mats of ferns ... maybe more so.
Cardamine sp., I think. The leaves don't look quite right.
Clintonia andrewsiana. Red clintonia.
Alex noted this snail's ancestors were NOT French.
Clintonia andrewsiana. Some of the Clintonias could put out quite a spray of flowers.
Gaultheria shallon (salal).
Oxalis oregana. Redwood Sorrel. Very red underneath.