While on vacation in California in March we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge and drove through the beautiful Marin Headlands to Muir Woods. There is a really nice trail that heads back from the visitor's center into the woods. This was the most crowded National Park I have visited in recent memory, but it was still enjoyable.
The woods are made up of giant Coast Redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens), a smattering of understory trees that shrink in comparison, and a lot of ground cover plants (ferns, Trillium, and others). I was really taken with the Trilliums, having admired photos of them for a long time and having tried unsuccessfully to grow some myself. I uploaded my observations to iNaturalist and it appears most, if not all, of these were Pacific Trillium (Trillium ovatum).
There was also a really pretty flowering plant whose white flowers hung from the plant like those of Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum). Someone identified it as a Fairybell (Prosartes) on iNaturalist, but I'm not sure which species - Prosartes hookeri or Prosartes smithii.
Oh yeah, I also saw a few neat birds and a really cool banana slug. That thing was big! I probably would have seen more birds had there been fewer people, but I was really happy to see so many people enjoying the park.
|Yours truly looking up at the giant Coast Redwoods|
|Banana slug (Ariolimax)|