The ferns and mosses are once again green and lush.
Mushroom and fungi of various species come to life after lying dormant throughout the dry summer.
Madrone trees take on a new clean sheen to their branches.
Best of all though...
...the salamanders were out and enjoying themselves in the damp moist forest floor.
I just could not get them to sit still long enough for a good picture. They had places to go, things to do and were not cooperative in the low light up close photo conditions. I tried to get a picture of their brilliant yellow underbelly but they immediately righted themselves after my flipping them onto their backs. I tried a couple of times then gave up, not wanting to torment them anymore .
[ I had a hard time identifying these guys once back home. Problem was, they're not a salamander but a Rough-skinned Newt]
Upon entering, do leave an offering to appease the forest spirits for a safe journey. Too bad for me, I was going the opposite way and on my way out at this point.
Now I look forward to a full on rainy day where I will slip and slide down trails, forge raging creeks, dodge falling trees and hopefully not get thoroughly wet, cold, catch pneumonia and be laid up for several weeks.