Two species of ants. One is several times larger than the smaller ants that are on top of the cookie crumb. This was by Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center near Red Box.
Hard to see, but I don't know what else it could be besides a flock of band-tailed pigeons.
in background. On air photos it looks like they might be dead now :(
mixed in with the coulter pine. I guess it's hard to tell from this photo but it's not interior live oak and definitely not coast live oak.
some appeared to be native, some planted. It's so hard to tell in the San Gabriels but it is the appropriate habitat for native Coulter pine unlike most places they plant it there.
or Jeffrey pine. On Mt Gleason. I think both are there but i had noted ponderosa...
spreading from planted trees.
tucked into the other plants
Southern Pacific Rattlesnake on trail, by stream, in shade.
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.