As I mentioned last week Andrew and I recently walked the public trail next to the Gerdemann Botanic Preserve in Yachats, Oregon.
The trail began between a cluster of art galleries, walking past them and into the beginnings of the forest this is scene was on our left. I could hear someone working nearby, but really? You should never leave a fire unattended. It bothered me, but did I seek them out to complain? No. I just stewed inside and worried.
The smoke from the fire created a bit of magic as the suns rays filtered down through the trees.
Selaginella kraussiana, it was interesting to spot this non-native here.
The lower sign reads (in part): You are entering a wildlife sanctuary. On the edge of the Siuslaw National Forest, this 3.5-acre privately owned botanical preserve is thickly forested with native spruce and hemlock, and serves as the perfect place to test the hardiness of rare and unusual plants from all over the world. With its myriad microclimates, the Preserve contains many unusual plants, from southern hemisphere shrubs and trees, to significant collections of magnolia, camellia, and rhododendron species and hybrids. Protected under a conservation easement, the habitat created by this lush assortment of plants draws a wide variety of birds, mammals and other creatures to this very special place.
Andrew's foot for scale with an impressive mushroom.
The moss was thick and fabulous.
As were the ferns...
Andrew was always just ahead of me on the trail...
He thought this tree would make an interesting piece of furniture.
As we were starting the trail we passed a family of 7 or so people. I heard one of the kids say (slightly panicked) "we missed the grandma tree!" I had no idea what she was talking about, but now I do.
Did I mention the moss?
Oh and the berries!
Looking into the garden itself, I see hints of the wonderful things growing there...
Back to the trail.
The light was perfect for illuminating the undersides of the big-leaf Rhododendrons.
I wish I could have gotten a better shot of the shelf mushrooms, they were pretty incredible.
Someone had recently chopped the leaves off the Gunnera and tossed them about, I hope it wasn't vandalism.
There's that man in the distance again, kind of spooky.
Oh this! I was smitten.
I emailed Evan (The Practical Plant Geek) photos and he identified it as a native clubmoss, Lycopodium clavatum.
Google that name and you'll find out it's a homeopathic remedy for all sorts of things that might ail you. I just think it's cool.
I did not expect to see bamboo, but there it was.
It was a fun walk.
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