Liam and I found about 5-7 individuals, including a baby, which I couldn't take a picture of. Awesome snake, here's hoping they can make a comeback.
The Target Species-of-the-Day. It lived up to every moment of it's acclaimed " Most Beautiful Serpent in North America" status. Lots of slithering exit shots...and then...this. Thank you Tony, Zachary Lin and others that lead me to this...writhing prism.
Big Basin State Park, Santa Cruz, CA
A temporary obstacle on our path. Quite a loud guy
ID based on poring over field guides, pulling my hair out, until I finally just gave up and winged it.