White variant of this normally blue flower.
Some kind of popcorn flower, probably Plagiobothrys, still need to key it out.
ID confirmed by John S. Ascher on BugGuide: http://bugguide.net/node/view/379098#646513
Many thanks to the little girl and her family that found these beetles. Following kids around is a pretty good way to find cool bugs.
Observed in Mount Diablo State Park in a grassy meadow. About 1 cm long.
This stuff is all over Mt. D, but it's a real charmer if you look close enough.
Linanthus parviflorus? Not super psyched about the Linanthus key in Beidleman and Kozloff. Observed on Mount Diablo, Contra Costa County, CA, USA. See comments for scale.
Saw this on the list at the visitor's center and was surprised. But there it was on the trail, blooming in abundance. Awesome flower.
Only marginally confident in this ID, would definitely appreciate some confirmation, or other ideas.
Adela trigrapha. There were little patches where these things were just everywhere. Their antennae are preposterous.
One of those odd creatures where the female is more colorful than the male.
I have difficulty believing this is a fern, but it is. Amazing.
I think I've seen this before but never took the time to ID it. Thought it was some kind of mint when I was in the field.
Pretty sure this is Gilia clivorum. Small but exquisite, like so many of my favorite things.
Neoneides muticus, maybe?
Even if the Eagle Peak trail wasn't a gloriously desolate path through talus and scrub, with wonderful views, Streptanthus hispidus would be more than enough reason to walk it. This might be the most colorful one I've seen! Also saw many more in bud than blooming, so they haven't quite peaked yet.