Devil’s Den – The Rest

Here are the flowers and animals surrounding the Devil's Den area.  There is a wide variety of plant and animal life that makes this diverse ecosystem special.

 

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

 

Even though cave crickets are common and all over around in here, they're 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.  The 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 soft, 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.  (Edit - I have seen them.  These are usually what you see around your neighborhood scampering along rocks.  This one was just much larger.)

 

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 like the grim reaper waking from a long nap and stretching as it heads off to collect souls.  Yes, this mushroom is poisonous and yes, it has an awesome name.  No, it does not nap or collect souls.

At least while you're looking.

 

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 Oregon stonecrop and it's found along the way towards the sandstone crevice.

 

There is even some paintbrush along the top of the Devil's Den.  It is near a memorial shrine that sits at a really nice spot.

 

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.

 

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.

The two posts about the Devil's Den:

Devil's Den - The Inside

Devil's Den - The Outside

 

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