29 Photos - May 17, 2011
Photo: Some kind of yellow pea flower, a Lupine maybe? I can't remember the leaf. Lassen Nat'l Forest.Photo: Our study team patiently awaits the exodus of a female Black-backed Woodpecker from her nest cavity. Sugarloaf burn, Lassen Nat'l Forest.Photo: One excellent example of puhoehoe lava from Sugarloaf. Lassen Nat'l Forest.Photo: More puhoehoe from Sugarloaf. Lassen Nat'l Forest.Photo: Aa lava fields of Sugarloaf. We raced around this ankle-busting landscape chasing Black-backed Woodpeckers. Lassen Nat'l Forest.Photo: More Sugarloaf aa fields. Lassen Nat'l Forest.Photo: Remnant exoskeleton from a spider that "grew up" in a woodpecker excavation. Sugarloaf burn, Lassen Nat'l Forest.Photo: Sierra plum blossoming in the Lassen Nat'l ForestPhoto: The trip to Burney, CA, from Oregon takes one past the mighty Mt. Shasta (Shastina to the right).Photo: Showy scarlet fritillary thrives on the charred forest floor of the Sugarloaf burn, Lassen Nat'l Forest.Photo: Close-up of the scarlet fritillary.Photo: One of the largest pine cones in the world comes from the sugar pine, a common tree of the Sierra Nevada and southern Cascade Mtns.Photo: Red Larkspur in the lava fields of Sugarloaf mountain, Lassen Nat'l Forest.Photo: Woodpecker claw marks up close (the little holes, not the big one!)Photo: Rodney and Eric descending the Sugarloaf lava fields. Lassen Nat'l Forest.Photo: Adam emerges after chasing an elusive Black-backed Woodpecker.Photo: The manzanita is in bloom.Photo: More manzanita glowing across the forest.Photo: The tiny but stunning flowers of Mahala mat, a ground-creeping Ceonothus species. Lassen Nat'l Forest.Photo: More Mahala mat.Photo: Mahala mat and ponderosa pine.Photo: One more taste of Mahala mat.Photo: Death camas springing to life from the Sugarloaf burn, Lassen Nat'l Forest.Photo: I can not figure out the ID on this one. Anyone have any ideas?Photo: Giannt sugar pine, Lassen Nat'l Forest.Photo: Balled-up millipede.Photo: Moth caterpillar.Photo: Newly blossoming death camas and a couple of beetles feasting away.Photo: Termites doing their thing behind the bark of a burned ponderosa pine.