Slugs with Spots

Spots are like monograms on slugs. Each spotted slug’s spots are unique. A few weeks ago while on slugfari, I came across a slug in the forest that looked like my pet slug (who left the front yard in October and headed toward the forest.) In Photoshop I examined photos of the wild slug and my pet slug side by side.

A photo of my pet slug…

and a photo of  the slug sighted in the forest directly behind our home.  After comparing their spots, I determined the forest slug was not my pet slug. But, this little exercise demonstrated the unique coloring of each spotted banana slug.

Some have spreckles.

Some have splotches.

Others have polka dots.

Or connected dots.

This slug appears to have beauty marks.

And this one’s top spot is diamond-shaped.

Some have faded spots.

Or dollups of spots.  Stay tuned for slugs without spots.

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Small Wild Slugs

When you aren’t finding large slugs on slugfari, look for little ones.

Look for them on trees. Little slugs climb higher up trees than large ones.

Often you’ll find more than one small slug on a tree.

They love to hang out in the moss outcroppings that grown in branch scars.

And on old logs.

When you see a mushroom or toadstool, look closer, you might also see a little nibbler.

This one was headed for a bunch of toadstools growing on a dead, rotting stump.

A little slug eating the toadstools on the dead, rotting stump.Sometimes they hang with the big guys.

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Come on Slugfari with Me!

Today I take you on a tour of my daily slugfari.

The path starts with a pond. For two years beavers made dams here.

Heading into the forest.

The path winds around and climbs.

The trail follows follows a creek, that along with the sounds of migrating birds above and the breeze rustling the leaves, serves as musical accompaniment. (No iPod music needed on slugfari.)

A family of squirrels chatter at us from the cedars on the left.

My beloved mystery animal hole.

Some day, when I feel adventurous, I’ll cross this natural bridge across the creek.

The trail is surrounded by a forest of cedars, firs and deciduous trees.

A pair of Pileated woodpeckers raised their family inside that hole in a tall dead stump.

Somebody lost their life here. Was the culprit a coyote? Bobcat? Mountain Lion?

This fallen tree is a treasure trove of toadstools, mushrooms, slugs, bugs and lichens.

Near the top, a bridge over the creek and a resting contemplation bench.100 steps toward the summit. Way more interesting than a Stair Master.

In addition to Oregon blackberries, we can feast on wild hazelnuts found along the trail.

A few more steps to the top…

where we’re rewarded with an expansive view of the Coast Range toward the west.

It’s different every day.

Then back down the trail to hunt for more slugs. Oh, look! There’s one now!

Slugfari is joy!

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Trees with Faces

I see faces on trees.  Is it just me?  Do you also see the faces? Find the face then see the face I saw on each tree.

What do you see?

Peace, Man.

Amazing what a little makeup can do for a gal.

Attitude.

Rough around the edges.

They eyes have it.  Or if you like animations…

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Banana Slug Color Variation

I’m constantly amazed by the incredible variations in banana slugs’ colors and markings. Each slug is a visual masterpiece.

Yellow.

Spotted buff.

Greenish-tan.

Nearly black.

Tan.

Green and spots.

Sienna.

Soft yellow.

Taupe.

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Slugs and Mushrooms

Slugs love to eat mushrooms. When I import slugfari photos of toadstools or mushrooms into Photoshop, I often discover little tentacled surprises.  As I was shooting multiples of the first photo, a little head popped up.

Tiny toadstools on a large moss-covered fallen tree/log. Look for a surprise in the next shot.

Tentacle…

A head appears…

Full appearance.

The view from above.

On the same day we saw more mushrooms and slugs.

Slug Sunday brunch.

Same log, more feasting.

And on a dead stump next to the log, more slugs and mushrooms. Can you see the two slugs?

Delightful little guy.

Getting ready to eat.

 

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Slugfari Slug Sightings

Fun slug pictures from recent slugfaris for your viewing pleasure.

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Mystery Stuff

What is this?  It’s bigger than my head. I mean it’s ENORMOUS!

Lichens? Fungus? Something else?

It’s growing on a dead tree in the forest.

And it’s 8-10 feet off the ground. Nature is art.

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Baby Slug Photos

Last weekend I brought into the house and photographed some of the baby banana slugs that live in the fern pot on my front porch.

They are so tiny that even with a macro lens it’s difficult to get close enough for sharp focus.

After a few minutes I could tell that the little critters were stressed by the quick temperature change, so I carefully placed them back in their crib the fern pot.

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Still visiting

Our “visiting” slug was back again last week.

He rode up and down on the garage door.

Followed by a half-hour power-glide workout. He’s about 4 inches long — a little guy compared to my pet slug, but a giant compared to the babies in the fern pot.

Later he glided onto the sidewalk to do a little personal hygiene.

And checked out the front yard.

Then glided across the driveway and headed off to an important meeting.

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