The male of a pair- just hatched babies are under the sage brush.
I needed greater magnification to see the hairlike projections and something to slow it down would've been helpful. This is pond water. I looked at it with an Aquatic Biologist who also pointed out ditoms, fly larvae, and spirogyra. We identified it as a ciliata.
Confirmed by examination of trichomes and comparison with herbarium specimens of Quercus dumosa and Quercus berberidifolia.
Keckiella spp (cordifolia?)
Or possibly Taricha torosa?
Species of concern in this region
Dudleya lanceolata in bloom
Redwood tree outside of known native range
Probably planted, and surviving because it's in bottom of rattlesnake canyon near flowing creek
Hijack Santa in s Mexico !!!
OK, typos, was supposed to say :
Hoja Santa in S Mexico
Aphids on lacinto kale