Los Padres National Forest, Ventana Nacimiento-Fergusson Road from Hwy 1 near Kirk Creek Campground to Mission Road in Jolon. Monarchs and wild milkweed along roadside for 10-15 mile stretch near Nacimiento and Ponderosa Campgrounds. Observed eggs, but no larva. Monarchs flitting above milkweed and along roadside.
Five-fingered Ferns (family Pteridaceae) are common in shaded, stream side ravines surrounded by coast Redwoods at Limekiln State Park along the southern Big Sur coast in Monterey Co., CA.
This fern is especially water-loving and was found growing on rocks sticking up out of Limekiln creek and around the base of Limekiln falls were they got a regular misting.
It is very similar to the related California Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum jordanii), but has a more clearly toothed margin and appears to prefer much wetter habitats.
Redwood Sorrel is an extremely common low growing plant in redwood forests, often blanketing large patches of ground. It was surprising find a few still in bloom this late in the year. Often their flowers have more extensive purplish veining.
The stems have a slightly sour taste and can be quite pleasant to chew on while hiking.
These checkspots were common among the roadside flowers in the bluffs above the southern Big Sur Coast. It was identified to species level by location, completely orange antennae, and by the white spots on its abdomen.
These small butterflies were fairly common in the chaparral and grassy bluffs along the southern Big Sur coast.
Included are pictures of both a male and female.
Margined Whites were quite common this day in dappled areas above the Big Sur Coast.
This large species can be recognized by the pale stripe at the base of the pronotum.
Trilium Flower, Lime kiln state park, california
Trilium flower, Limekiln State Park, California
Milkmaids(Cardamine californica) banana slug (Ariolimax californicus) and waterfalls, Limekiln State Park, California
California Hedge Nettle ? (Stachys bullata ?), Limekiln State park, California
Milkmaid flower (Cardamine californica), Limekiln State Park, Califorina
oxalis, limekiln state park, california