June 28th, 2008

Portola Redwoods State Park

Portola Redwoods State Park

Today D. and I decided to go to Portola Redwoods State Park to get away from the wildfire smoke and to be around trees and creeks and nature and peace and quiet.  The rugged terrain of the Santa Cruz Mountains forms a deep canyon providing a natural stream basin of mixed evergreen forest, including old and second growth redwoods.  Here are some pics, most taken by D. (I took the starred* ones, rather awkwardly with D.'s camera, since mine is still in the shop waiting for parts).

A lizard on a log gives us the eye before scuttling off.

Foliage on a redwood seedling.

Thick vine of poison oak twisting up a Douglas fir trunk.

All the moisture brought in on the coastal fog helps mosses and lichens to thrive in the forest.

This weathered root has kind of a face on it.

Pacific rhododendron.

One of two huge bright yellow banana slugs we saw along the trail.  They stand out like sore thumbs amid the grays, browns and dull greens of the forest floor.

Bridge crossing Pescadero Creek.  The park uses temporary bridges that are removed during winter, when high water and even floods are likely.

Beautiful Pescadero Creek, where the Iverson Trail crosses it.

Here's my pics; first, shrubs in the shade trailside.

Honeysuckle's pretty flowers.