This Violet plant is growing all over my yard. I usually rip it out since it reseeds and spreads VERY quickly. This one was actually growing on the edge of my front yard path. As I bent down to rip it out I noticed something in it.
Two snails! And large ones at . . . → Read More and See Photos: Snail Gathering
I found this clump of mushrooms growing in one of my neighbor’s yards.
Here’s a closeup of the mushrooms. I have the National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms, but I still find it very difficult to identify mushrooms. What can I say about these mushrooms?
The bark mulch they are . . . → Read More and See Photos: Mushroom Eaters
My boys and I found a few slugs during our hike through Tryon Creek State Park this past weekend. The weather has been cool and wet, so I’m not surprised that slugs are out adventuring.
The slug shown above is our native Banana Slug, which is not unusual. In this case it is climbing . . . → Read More and See Photos: ‘Tis the Season for Slugs
I found another Banana Slug in my backyard! These fantastic looking slugs are the second largest in the world.
It is definitely slimy, but that didn’t seem to bother the little insect grabbing a ride on its back in the photo above.
Looking at the slug’s other side we can see the . . . → Read More and See Photos: Banana Slug – Almost the Largest
This snail was climbing on an ornamental grass in my garden. It was small (maybe 1/2″ at the most), but I was still impressed with how it was able to hold on to the thin grass seed stem.
This closeup makes its balancing act look like even more of an accomplishment.
Note that . . . → Read More and See Photos: Snails are Righties
How often do you think hikers miss seeing things that are right under their noses? I was looking down at the ground while hiking through the woods behind our house and saw something under the ivy and waterleaf.
A super cool snail shell! I actually find a lot of shells, but they usually . . . → Read More and See Photos: Snail on the Trail
One of my Oregon Grape plants had a visitor on it this morning. See it?
It’s a snail that is hidden inside its shell.
This is another Oregon Grape plant in my yard and yes, it is native to Oregon where we live. It is an amazing plant. It is evergreen and . . . → Read More and See Photos: Oregon Grape Snail
I found yet another slug in the neighborhood. This one is probably a Gray Garden Slug that is an invader from Europe.
Do you know the anatomy of a slug? In this photo we can see a lot of the major parts (see this Oregon State University link for a good diagram):
The big . . . → Read More and See Photos: Gross Anatomy