This kind of observation should NOT be possible using Darwin for a Day. Street View image URLs are not stable. These cars might not be here in a month or two.
One of thousands buzzing around some kelp wrack.
Drab, brown lichen growing on rocks. Found some with spiraly apothecia.
This might be Leptosiphon liniflorus. Need to look at alternatives. Def. don't think it's Minuartia, Linum, or Limnanthes, which were my original thoughts.
Very small Atriplex? This was 2-3 cm high.
This stuff was flowering, despite it being December. Leftovers from the crazy warm spell I guess.
growing in the front lawn
I know the plant is toyon, but does anyone recognize the leaf condition it seems to have? Frankly all the lower elevation toyon looked kind of hardset on Mt. Diablo. Maybe they're stressed out by the lack of winter water?
Unknown carrion. I can't even tell if they're cetaceans or elephant seals or what.
Guessing this is caused by something in Andricus, but research is required. Lots of older brown ones on this valley oak too, but the green ones were spectacular.
Looks like I didn't jot down the name. Curses.
Possibly Rhopalomyia glutinosa as pictured on p. 291 of Russo, but it's not a perfect match. Color and bumpiness seem different.
In retrospect probably the same as http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/1374898
Seems like it's something in the viridipes group.
I need to figure out how to distinguish the White-tailed Kite from the lighter male Northern Harriers. This one had tapered wings and seemed slim overall, so I figured it was a kite, but another guy out there seemed to think it was a Harrier.
Squirrels around Flagstaff have big ears and white puffy tails. Thanks for the reminder and the ID, Anita!
Scott Creek has so many wonderful hydroids. Hydroids are diverse, beautiful, and goddamn tiny, making it very hard to capture that beauty and diversity. These Abietinaria are pretty big, but to actually see the structure of the hydrothecae or the hydranths, you need to get a lot closer.
Quite a beauty, and I think it's the first time I've seen it! This also marks one of the first times I've actually paid attention to background colors while taking the picture. Noticed the blue tint in the leaves, and thought, "I want that!" Need to do this more.
ID based on the fact that it's the only Calflora species for Fresno county and the handout they gave us on this trip. The Jepson key distinguishes this by its fruit.