Alligator lizard with several ticks behind its ear.
The first switchback on the Wild Rye Trail seems to be a favorite place for rattlesnakes to take the morning sun.
Several whiptails were actively walking about the lookout area on top of the hill in Foothills Park.
A nesting female at the local nursery. In a Cut-leaf maple with a sold sign on it. The buyer is having them hold the tree until the chicks have fledged.
Fascinating creature. Longer than the bees working the same grove.
Fascinating creature. Very small; when rolled up it would have fit comfortably on a fingernail. Bright coloring. Red mark on either side of body. At first I thought it was dead, but it was just being quiet hoping I would go away.
Not great pictures.
I know this is something really obvious. But I'm really not yet smart when it comes to plants.
Different individuals, I can tell. But are they different sexes? Ages? Species? Subspecies? Or, just Variable, as their very/vary name says?
Second picture is a close-up of the leaves on this stalk flowering plant.
Probable Cougar/Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) track in mud, Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve, San Mateo County, California - 29 December 2007. 9.5 cm in length, 8 cm in width.
Gall of Spiny Leaf Gall Wasp (Diplolepis polita) on California Rose leaf - Arastradero Preserve, Santa Clara County, California - June 2008.
Perched on its host, Holodiscus discolor.