Today I was back in Muir Woods. In typical Bay Area fashion, here we are still in the middle of Winter, but today it felt like it could have been Summer. Well, Spring at least.
I hadn't even gotten to the entry gate when I saw a drizzle of debris coming down. Looking up, there I see this Pileated Woodpecker excavating the tree bark in search for food.
The heavy rains of December and far behind us now, so the Muir Woods fungus has almost all dried up. Almost. I did manage to spot these little gems. They must be fresh because you can quite easily see the web of microscopic mycelium from which mushrooms sprout.