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This blog is predominately about camera trapping in California. We camera trap to save our souls and to teach primary school students about biology and conservation. We will also touch on other camera trapping news and musings, sets from afar, mediocre herpetology, sucky birding, and other natural history discussions.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

More of the Redwoods: Predators

Its been a busy month.

I am hoping February may give me a little more time for misadventures, but more likely it will be March.

So here are a few images for the Santa Cruz Mountains that I should have gotten up a few months ago. These are from the same set that got the raccoon family hijinks.




And I am going to go ahead and consider the loud-mouthed Steller's Jay a predator.


One more shot of a Steller's Jay, mostly to show off this beautiful redwood creek setting

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Accidental time-lapse

One of my cams in the Santa Cruz Mountains caught some fungi growing on a mossy downed tree. A total accidental time-lapse (the camera was triggered by critters, not fungi), but interesting none-the-less. First the cropped image.


Then the full version which I like, but distracts from the actual, growing fungi.


The first image was taken on 11/19/12, then 11/26/12, 11/27/12 and 12/3/12.

You can see growth in the less than 24 hours between image 2 and 3. It is too bad nothing triggered the camera between 11/27 and 12/3.

If anyone has any input as to what kind of mushrooms these might be feel free to chime in in the comments. Habitat was under a dense stand of redwoods. I am unsure of the species of tree they are growing on. Didn't dawn on me to pay attention until after picking up the cam, but it is probably a Douglas Fir. Try clicking on the images which will take you to Flickr where larger versions can be seen.

And one for oddity for your viewing pleasure, that we saw while setting up this cam. Wolf's Milk Slime Mold.

Image by Randomtruth