Tagged female munching two kelp crabs at once - underneath our feet at the dock. Second photo is another individual waking up from a nap in the kelp with some safety strands still wrapped around its belly.
These Giant Horsetails were found along Soberanes Creek in Garrapata State Park along the upper Big Sur coast.
These ferns (family Polypodiaceae) were growing out of a shaded stream side cliff in Sobranes Canyon (Garrapata S.P.) along the upper Big Sur Coast.
This fern is believed to have originated through hybridization between P. californicum and P. glycyrrhiza. When crossed with other P. calirhiza, the offspring are fertile, but when backcrossed with their one of their parental species, the offspring are sterile.
Western Sword Ferns (family Dryopteridaceae) are among the most common plants in the redwood forest undergrowth. Their name comes from the hilt-like extension at the base of each petiole
Beach Sagewort is a very common shrub along the coastal bluffs and dunes throughout much of California.. It can be separated from the very similar California Sagewort (A. californica) by its thicker, less thread-like leaves.
Coyote Brush (Baccharis pilularis, family Asteraceae) in bloom on October 21, 2011 along the Cypress Trail at Point Lobos State Reserve, Monterey County, CA.
This is one of the most common shrubs in California's coastal sage scrub.
Menzie's Wallflower (Erysimum m. menziesii) is an endangered species limited to a few tracts of costal dunes in central and northern California. Photos taken on Apr 18. 2011 at Asilomar State Beach in Monterey Co., CA.
Also shown are the fruiting bodies, visible after the plant loses its leaves and flowers.