Forest work, Weird Plant and Checking the Spring

Monday May 15, 2023 Guerneville CA.

Trail work

I wanted to get this one last part of the trail done today, so I rode the bike up to the ridge top and parked here.bike1


Then I walked on out this part of the trail to where the work needed to be done.trail3


I worked on improving this part of the trail today. I tried to limit myself to two hours of work to keep from getting so tired out, but I was working away and before I knew it, I had four hours in on it.trail3


Weird plant

On the way back to the bike, I spotted this weird plant. I’d passed by it before and just thought it was a dried out fern, but a closer look proved that to be wrong. It’s about a foot high.plant4


It was growing right in the middle of the trail and had little balls on it.plant5


A closer look showed the little balls where likely flower buds. I have no idea what it is but I’ll be watching it to see what the flowers look like.plant7



On the way home, I stopped at the water spring I worked on yesterday to see about tapping it’s water. The water is coming out of the hillside all along there.spring8


Maybe about two gallons a minute are coming out of the hillside. I’ll measure it eventually. Springs like this slow down later in the summer.water9


This is the main spot where it’s coming out of the hillside and where I need to dig a hole, but not today.water10


I continued on towards home and then spent the rest of the day taking it easy in the yard.

Nice day.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

6 Responses to Forest work, Weird Plant and Checking the Spring

  1. Gaelyn says:

    I’m thinking Pinedrops.

  2. Judith says:

    Glad somebody has made a guess on the rather weird plant. And that you have survived yet another day…

  3. Ed says:

    There is an interesting free app. called Seek by iNaturalist. You take a picture of a plant or animal and it identifies your photo.

  4. Carol Krasilnikoff says:

    I think the plant is Pinedrops, a parasitic plant.

  5. Nancy K says:

    Yup that’s a weird plant. Never seen anything like it. I’ll be interested to see what it looks like if it blooms. Springs always fascinate me … where does the water come from?

  6. Jeff Pierce says:

    Google thinks your mystery flower is Coral Root. If it is, then it will flower but does not have leaves.

Comments are closed.