Milkmaids, Cardamine californica, are members of the Mustard Family. They are one of the earliest blooming wildflowers on the Mendonoma coast. Jinx McCombs recently found one in bloom.
Western Trilliums, Trillium ovatum, are up too! Rick and I found a half dozen today in the forest. Members of the Lily Family, they are sometimes called Wake Robin because their bloom can coincide with American Robins returning from their wintering grounds. Here is one just appearing on the forest floor.
Native wildflowers are a treat to find. Thanks to Jinx for allowing me to share her photo with you here.
We are having warm, dry weather. It doesn't feel like winter here on the Mendonoma coast today. No rain in the forecast for the next week. We may have to start planning for a rain dance.
Paul Nordstrand found the first reported Calypso Orchid in bloom and Jinx McCombs photographed it.
They are so tiny, I usually spot them by their single leaf, which rests on the forest duff.
Amy Ruegg found one recently too.
Craig Tooley took this super-close-up photo of one, showing its intricate beauty.
And Grace O'Malley was surprised to see a completely white Calypso Orchid blooming amidst the normal colored ones.
Thanks to Jinx, Craig, Amy and Grace for allowing me to share their photos with you here.
There has been a bloom of very large Boletus edulis, Porcini mushrooms. Jinx McCombs came across this huge one near Point Arena.
Jinx's dog posed next to the big bolete, which Jinx said was over the hill. Jinx and her husband, Paul Nordstrand, did find a nice cache of boletes though.
Paul is cleaning and slicing his find. When I find a large amount like this, I dry them in a dehydrator. It's easy to reconstitute them in a dish of water or red wine.
We did not have a good mushroom season last year due to dry conditions. This year, thank goodness, rains have come early. May they continue! And the rain brings wonderful edible mushrooms for us, and other creatures of the forest, to enjoy.
Thanks to Jinx for allowing me to share her photos with you here.
Jinx McCombs and Paul Nordstrand have a stone jaguar on their land near Point Arena. A Bobcat sauntered up and then froze, looking at the statue.
The Bobcat then slunk carefully past the statue.
Thanks to Jinx for allowing me to share her fun photos with you here.
Jinx McCombs is fortunate indeed. She has what she calls a messy forest. In that untouched forest is a group of Calypso Orchids. They won't grow just anywhere. They need a fungus in the soil to grow, hence they cannot be transplanted.
These exquisite wildflowers are very small. Here is one with Jinx holding a piece of bark. You can see by her thumb how small they are.
They have a slender leaf that is found growing on the forest duff - I more often see the leaf first, rather than the flower itself.
Always a joy to find, this delicate orchid is blooming now on the Mendonoma Coast. Thanks to Jinx for allowing me to share her photos with you here.