Two Brown butterflies playing chase. Very active, hard to get a clear photo!
Dead young racoon near the trail.
Female Blacktail Deer resting in a grassy backyard after sampling agapanthus.
Once again near midday I saw a monarch flitting near the Echium in our yard. It seemed to be foraging in the neighborhood plants more than flying any particular direction.
Small brown spider resting on a fence surrounded by lichen.
I saw a monarch fly over our home mid-morning. I haven't seen one at the monarch sanctuary since the last recorded sighting there and thought that they might have been blown out of town by strong breezes (Beaufort 6) on Sunday and Monday last week (6-7 days ago). Having seen this one, I'll keep a sharp eye out when observing at the sanctuary.
or Lotus corniculatus?
Rusty colored lichen and black lumpy fungus on a fallen coast live oak limb.
Small smooth spherical golden brown fungus growing on a pine.
Hollow and white inside. Very faintly smells like a store-bought white button mushroom.
Fungus growing on Monterey Pine about 8-9 feet up the trunk. The fungus is glistening with sap.
An interesting flower on a weedy looking plant.
small purple crab hiding in the rocks. Body less than 2 inches across.
I have observed this turkey tail growing on a fallen tree for several months. The color has faded somewhat and appears more greenish now. The second photo is the underside of a small piece of the turkey tail. The pores appear white.
A child exploring the tidepools was handling this starfish. She returned it to the water. :)
A small cluster of plants growing 18-24 inches tall among grasses and poison oak, Monterey pines and coast live oak.
Lovely little white and yellow flowers found in the woods.
not many mushrooms lately, but his one popped out of the pine needles and had a a nibble out of it.
Very large and old polypore among coast live oaks and Monterey pines.
pretty purple sea-side flower
Sealion 8582 was found dead on the rocks at low tide near Point Pinos Lighthouse. The large brand on its left side was visible as was a yellow tag on left flipper.