Kinda like a bulrush or some kind of rush.
Hey everybody, been out the iNat game for a minute. Hope yall are doing good. Took a walk along the creek today and seen all kinds of neat things, but this one particular observation is very curious to me. My classmates and I are taking a Watershed restoration course at Merritt college with Robin Freeman and today we were surveying the lower end of San Leandro Creek. We were logging some general observations when we noticed that the tide began to flow back out to the bay. Then this dead bird came floating down along with the ebb. What do you all think it is? It was fairly sized, like a small gull or loon. Had a short bill and was white and black. At first I was like, "It's a *bleepin'* penquin!", but of course that would be just silly. Again hope you all are well and as always thank you for your help.
Aww dear liddle babies.
I have been waiting to catch this flower for a cool minute. I have seen the plant and it's seedpods a bunch of times and I have been curious to what the flower looked like. Last weekend on a stroll along the highway I finally found the inflorescences. Non-native to California.
Constructing a garden box yesterday when my daughter and I found this little guy. Using bugguide we think we found a pretty close ID of it being a Yellow Sac spider. Front two were longer than the other legs, there was a stripe running laterally down the abdomen, and was yellow although had a tinge of green. Discovered the spider in an old wood pile which from a description of these spiders we read that they frequent gardens and wood piles during the summer months and later then to move inside into houses. Where we are in West Oakland it seemed a perfect fit.
"Rushes have brushes and sedges have edges."
Not too long ago there was a buliding in this empty lot. Once it was torn down an amazing array of wildflowers bloomed in its absence. This non-native is yet another addition to the bouquet.
I finally saw the whiptail lizard! WAHHHHH!
Found during a Merritt College natural history course, The Natural History of California State Parks.
Found in a redwood forest along the side of a firetrail. The coloration in the photo looks a bit off, but was a handsome small yellow violet.
The Pygmy Forest of Salt Point State Park.
Found under a log in a mixed woods of bay, redwood, madrone, and douglas fir.
Forest scorpion found under an old piece of metal.
Found growing on a large rock near a creek.
Non-native to California.
No flower to be seen, but rest assured I would stray from taking the time to smell this rose.
Seals are here in the summer months pulled out on the beach taking a break from the water while they molt their skin.