Devil’s Den – The Rest

Here are the flowers and animals surrounding the Devil's Den area.

This big cricket is a shieldback katydid.  I don't remember ever seeing one before and they're pretty cool.

 

Even though ave crickets are common and all over around in here, they are still pretty interesting.

 

I believe this is a very large egg sac for a type of orb weaver spider.

 

This is a giant Pacific salamander and it was an unexpected find.  We were checking out some huge cave crickets and noticed this salamander hiding out in a crevice.  Most giant Pacifics leave the water after adolescence, lose their outer gills, and head to places like this.  Interesting thing is that there is no water for ~1.25 miles and that's down at the bottom of the hill.  It is truly amazing that this little thing climbed all the way up here to hang out in this cave.  I came back a month or two later and it was still here in the same spot.

 

This is a coast range fence lizard.  Another creature I don't remember seeing before, at least from this close.  This one was really patient and let me get really close.  It is pregnant, so that may be the reason why.  I left before I stressed her out too much.  These thing are really cool looking.

 

I believe this is another western fence lizard sunning itself before it scampered off.

 

I believe this mushroom is a waxy laccaria in an advanced state.

This is a death cap rising through the forest duff.  Yes, it is poisonous and yes, it has an awesome name.

 

This is a false hellebore and easily one of the most beautiful plants I have ever seen.  It is also incredibly poisonous.

 

I believe this is an elderberry bush.

 

This is an oceanspray bush.  These were everywhere and give off an interesting look while in bloom.

 

This is a dandelion in a really nice stage.

 

Creepy tree root off the beaten path.

 

This is a type of stone crop found along the way towards the sandstone crevice.

 

There is even some paintbrush along the top of the Devil's Den.

 

I think this is deerweed, but I'm not 100% sure.

 

A nice chunk of daisies.

Oregon iris, in the second one you can see the yellow jacket.

 

This is either an Oregon iris or a Douglas iris.  I'm not sure which.

 

A pale flax.

 

This is a western trillium with its propeller-like petals.

 

A couple different versions of a great white trillium.

 

Here we see the plastic Dutch Bros. cup growing in its native habitat, with an invasive bull thistle in the foreground.

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