Many of them in a Japanese Maple tree. They were hovering briefly to get at the seeds.
Large spider. Body about 1 inch diameter
Growing in serpentine soil . You can see why it is sometimes called Mickey Mouse Monkeyflower . Photo from past files .
Note: lizard was somewhat slow and easy for me to catch for observation. Weather was hot.
There was a green curly plant growing on the Manzanita branches. A moss?
Was pale green on the Manzanita branches.
About 3 mm long, near mouth of harvester ant nest (Vermessor, formerly Messor).
Probably M. oregonensis based mostly on location, but maybe M. manni or something similar.
Barely active in the cool afternoon.
Golden Aster Heterotheca sessilflora ssp echioides. Open grasslands. Only know stand on the Preserve
Sunflower family? Looking for detail, genus, species