Pacific pond turtle found in backyard, released into local pond.
Saw these stalks coming up in an oak/bay area of La Honda. Interesting flowers and no evidence of any leaves that I could see.
These cover areas of the forest floor at this time of year... I see them everywhere!
Surprised to see this high up on an eastern facing hill, so I climbed to take a peek.
These three shoots were coming up. I'll definitely watch how they develop. This winter/spring rainy season has given us wonderful coastal trail walks this year. Each year is a delight, but this year has been particularly bountiful.
Lichen growing on the trunk of a Bay tree. Interesting texture of this leafy black lichen and red growth Wolf's Milk (Lycogala epidendrum.)
I know I've read about these fern like plants, but I can not recall the name. Lovely leaves with a small white flower which is hard not to over expose in the lighting...
I believe this was a Great Blue Heron enjoying the small lake's finest tasty treats. Right after the photo the bird successfully struck food..... couldn't see what though.
Two garden snails coupling on the trail.... were there for at least an hour and half..... there and back!
Young alligator lizard in my backyard. I try to make areas of spent bark for a safe area from the neighborhood cats. I was weeding when I spotted this one.
I've always referred to these as indian paint brush.... but, that was from a children's story I read my daughters. See them lots of places along the San Mateo coast.