Had been taken out of the stream by some children and I persuaded their adult companions that the skin was toxic and they should put the newt back in the water. They handed him over and I placed him in a slightly deeper less accessible pool within a few feet of where they'd fished him out.
Sorry I have no photo.
We stumbled upon the racer snake on the garden path along side the Nature Center. It was calmly rested on a rock amongst scrub of Mulefat and Deer weed. It remained very still as we walked past it and remained still as we returned to approach it.
Although it was still, it as we walked around it-it followed us with its eyes until we left.
Tall tree. Found on the side of the way to riparian. Only 1-2 trees of this species.
Also found in the oak forest. Leaf covered with shirt whitish hairs. Flowering.
Out of the canyon. Short, small scrub.
sucking up water to swamp cool the hive