Common on the streets and any open spaces. Small, just about half the size of a Rock Dove. Both sexes similar.
much larger leaf with gland at base of leaf.
This thistle is beginning to take over the entire area. Little seems to being done regarding the dramatic spread of this invader. Once summer brown hillsides are now tending to be Starthistle green
Unfortunately this plant is taking over. I even see a few creeping into the serpentine zone where they were very rare before.
Fire Road C intersection D
Out in the open on deeply disturbed soils
first of the season. Unusually dry for this time of year. last big rain was December of 2012, a year ago. Less than 4" since then.
On the edge of chaparral along the fire road. Heard before seen
it was unusual to find a pair on this side of the lake.
A very small stalked puffball on a log. Each puffball was no larger that 4 or 5 mm. Great color on the top ones
Under the bark of a fallen Oak
Not sure which species but suspect Arroyo
Some of the willow leaves were covered with these very small galls. They may be the Willow Gall Mite, Aculops tetanothrix
one plant; bottom of roadcut; trail 13 and fireroad
several plants hidden within all the other plants growing roadside along the cut in the hillside