young Alligator Lizard found in a large pot beside a horse trail.
2 observed foraging where weeds were pulled shortly beforehand
2 seen, sunning on rubber floor mats standing on edge, against N side of structure. One, large and fat and dark, the second smaller and much more brightly colored.
"The attached photo was taken on 1/18/15 at the South Bay Botanical Gardens in Palos Verdes."
- Lisa Lazar
Observation and photo by Lisa Lazar and family, sent to email@example.com.
Ocean Trails, Ranchos Palos Verdes
"Birds eye-view of my rainforest garden here in Carson." - Cesar
I spotted a pair of these, and I believe them to be our local endangered butterfly, however, I may have misidentified them.
Perching in Pineapple Sage, recently showed up, not the usual Anna's or Allen's. Voice is slightly different too.
California Sea Lions hanging out on buoy in middle of the open water. That is why Place marker is in the middle of the ocean.
Sun bathing at Albalone Cove. Me and two others were surprised when we saw this seal. It was laying on the rocks, and didn't seem to bothered by us or other people. It would raise its head and its tail at times, almost as if it was doing it to prevent itself from getting wet from the waves.
We saw lots of these as we explored Abalone Cove.
Saw several sea anemones during our excursion through Abalone Cove. Some of them had lots of rocks and bits of shells on them. I wasn't sure if that was on purpose or accidental, but it definitely helped them camouflage themselves.
We saw several hermit crabs of different sizes throughout Abalone Cove. I saw two that appeared to be eating a sea anemone, which surprised me since anemones can be poisonous. Perhaps they do not affect hermit crabs.
This crab had a great hiding spot, under some rocks in Abalone Cove. At first I thought it was a hermit crab, but then realized it wasn't in a shell. Then I noticed its green coloration, and recognized it as a striped shore crab.
Snails on some sea weed and rocks at Abalone Cove.
in a tide pool
under a rock in a tide pool
Dark salamander found on S side of building under 4x4 inch paver between volunteer parsley plants a few feet from water spigot and from potted plants that are watered only a couple of times a month. For reference, a 3x5 index card, lines are 1/4 inch. Salamander is about 1/8 inch wide maybe. This may be one seen last year, but no photo taken there- or offspring? The color looks uniform, no definite red area on the back like one of the 2 seen about 30 ft north and 15 ft or so West of this location.
Small wasp? Unlike others I have seen here. On baby sage flower for size reference.
Another small bird chased it into the door. I put it in a box with a towel and kept it quiet. At first it was breathing heavily then it's breathing was normal. I opened the lid and he hopped onto the box and flew a few feet away onto the patio, then he moved to a shady corner with tomato plant overhanging. Later he was hopping around the planters scratching for food.
In broad daylight, walking South (away from yard with apple and citrus trees and toward another yard with fig tree and citrus) on top of cinder block wall, then turned West and squeezed through gap between wooden fence and chain link fence to yard with orange trees.
A second caterpillar found, approxiimately the same size as the first. This one is also on volunteer flat leaf parsley, approximately 25 feet south of the other one. Both get morning sun, but shade once the sun moves west.