Elusive, tiny and restless...
On a large web between tall trees and in the shade.
Terrible pictures from too far away but I want to document anyway.
The shape of the bush resembles bunch grasses but the fruit and stem are more like bulrush.
Here we go again with Stephanomeria species!
This species seemed different than what I have seen so far in the sense that it almost formed a roundish bush, about 4ft tall versus growing vertically from one stem.
My options are:
Stephanomeria exigua deanei
Stephanomeria virgata pleurocarpa
Quercus × acutidens
Quercus agrifolia (not that)
Quercus engelmannii (not that)
Per Calflora my options are:
G. angustifolium angustifolium
G. nuttallii nuttallii
G. porrigens porrigens
The absence of flower or fruit might make it a tough call, although the leaves might be telling enough, but I have to read up on the various species.
I am not sure of myself on the ID but, according to Calflora it grows there and to my untrained eyes, it looks like it.
Again per Calflora my options would be:
O. X occidentalis
O. X vaseyi
and O. Oricola depending on how and where I click on the map.
This tree or bush looked very dried up except for a few "clumps" of green such as this first photo.
It could be the subspecies Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea...
This one had eaten acorns!
Mule Deer because it is the only species we have around here and this one looked like it had been chased by a bobcat.
Photos will not be in order of tracks, unfortunately.