One of five seen this cool, cloudy, overcast morning. Usually more here; high population.
One of at least 5 seen in this basin this morning.
Black beetle walking
Despite its name, Asparagus Fern is actually a flowering plant and not a fern. It is a vine and has plenty of thorns, including every point a stem branches out. The Asparagus Fern does not have leaves but rather has Cladodes, which are leaf-like stems used for photosynthesis.
Bracken Fern is a vascular spore plant. When it produces spores it does so in sori on the underside of its leaves. Young stems, as the one in the photo, form as fiddle heads before uncurling.
Rough horetail is a spore plant with hollow segmented tubes for stems. When the plant readies to reproduce the tops of fertile stems have cones that hold the spores. At this time, only one stem still has this cone (middle left of the photo), since the cones on the rest of the stems have already fallen off.
Striped racer ? seen in the san gabriel mountains on the Bailey Canyon Trail
Garden Slender Salamander found when gardening under a stepping stone. I am holding it on my gloved hand in the photo.