Found these under the bark of a fallen tree.
I saw a leaf on a downed redwood trunk and another in the creek bed 50 meters up stream.
Found above the creek that runs down Redwood Canyon at a point going from redwoods to fir.
This bird flew to the pole and was calling and pecking on the pole and some of the grape stuff. A second one came over to the pole and the I think it was the first one that went back in the direction the second had flown. I think they may be a pair. While the two were on the pole, I could hear a third one calling from a different location.
This is the fruit of the poison oak. If it weren't for the itches this plant causes, I would like to see more of it since it is pretty at different times of the year.
Found this one under a dead log.
It is nice to know the deer feel secure around our place. I saw this young doe lying down outside my bathroom window as the sun was setting.
And the rut begins. This guy was chasing some of the does around who didn't seem too interested in his efforts. The pic with his mouth open is showing him trying to gather as much scent of a doe as possible.
I think these are of the Genus Messor but I haven't had a chance to get them under a microscope to be sure.
There were some other ants about one tenth the size of the ones seen here which seemed to be scavenging leftovers from the larger ants. I haven't IDed them either.
As I was trying to take these pics the snake was wanting to go away so I pushed at it with my finger and it struck at me two or three times. It was so small it couldn't even grab my finger.
The estimate of tonight's flock was about 8000. They started going into the chimney where the location point is located after flying around the area waiting for the right time to go to bed at just after sunset.
I am hoping to get over there to see them leave in the morning one of these days.
A juvi getting some warmth on the stone court yard.
This guy got itself in a bucket outside which allowed me to see and photograph it. I haven't seen too many brown ones.
I find the pealing bark makes these plants even more beautiful.
It is always fun to see these big birds sunning to get warm and to eliminate parasites.
My granddaughter spotted this one while gathering blackberries.
Without the flower I can't tell which one it is.
I only found plants with fruit since the flowering season must be past at this time.
This is some type of berry, but I don't know which one.
Found along Pomo Canyon Trail
I saw these bushes next to the parking lot of Shell Beach but don't know what they are.
This is a tentative ID since it is possible this is really a S. albens which is very similar in most ways except the size of the flowers. These are quite small, but it may be because it is at the very end of the season.
I will be consulting people who know much more botany than do I to get guidance as to the correct ID.
I may have to wait until next spring/summer to be sure about this one.