A pinniped? not very large; in my imagination perhaps a young sea lion from this dolorous year...
The lovely China cove is closed indefinitely, providing refuge for the pinnipeds,
In a small garden next to the visitors' center... an odd species choice for a celebration of the California population of these iconic butterflies.
One of a half-dozen dead trees in the old cemetery.
Not sure about the ID; hoping that would be a clue as to the fungus growing at the base of one in this ghostly grove:http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/2390786
Growing at the base of one of a handful of dead trees. I think it's a black locust; I've included a shot of the only live leaves/seedpods remaining in this ghostly grove.
Warming up after a 40 degree night; as soon as the sun hit the butterfly bush it was mobbed.
On California Aster.
Taking advantage of the last bloom of Italian Thistle.
These roam downtown all the time now.
My (leashed) Catahoula was like a coiled spring; the birds: not impressed.
Very large fly in our kitchen.
Almost got a bit too close.
Here doing their converging thing as the sun finally comes out on this cool and drizzly day...
Clouds of beetles rise in the center of this dried meadow, with a few green darners zipping through the local airspace. Individual ladybirds follow each other up the stalks of dead grass, taking flight at the tips. Below, here and there, concentrations form.
In the lobby of a large medical office building.
and it is October...
Turns out Richard Wasson observed this last week; see the growth in 8 days...http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/2163922
This is growing just above the entrance to an old bee colony in this Tasmanian Gum. The hive has been occupied for many years.