Fox Sparrow + Coffeeberry
Purple flowers (thistles) growing out of green plant, green thistles also grew out, dry soil
Warm weather, little cloud coverage
Some kind of thistle bush spotted on the side of trail in Strawberry Canyon, Berkeley. Plant is about 2-3 ft tall, with thick, prickly leaves. No flowers were seen on this particular plant. There were several of this kind of plant found along the trail.
A tree observed with 3-4 inch ellipse-shaped leaves, and light pink fruit at the tip of its branch. This particular branch is very close to ground level.
I was able to look it up on a GIS map of Berkeley Campus Trees
These flies like this tree. At least 20 "roosting" in it.
First time that I've noticed this plant on this side of the canyon.
The Friends of Leona Heights Park each year participates in the annual Coastal Clean Up by cleaning in and around Horseshoe Creek. There exists in the park an extensive graffiti wall that is always littered with used spray cans. This year I was the site coordinator for the event and after wrapping up I was doing a once over to make sure everything and everyone had been accounted for when I noticed this little guy. There are many cracks and crevices in the wall that the painters use and unfortunately for this little dude who calls those cracks and crevices home things don't bode so well. At first I thought it was a toy, but then I was astonished to see it scramble away from me when I went to pick it up. Not a pink elephant, but a pink blue belly, that's something you don't see everyday.
This Northern Checkerspot was landed on the lawn at the Tilden Botanical Garden, Berkeley, CA
I found and snapped a photo of a Pipevine Swallowtail flying over some plants at the Tilden Park Botanical Garden, Berkeley, CA
Resting on a lilly
"Do you think they are magic", asked a passer-by
Dark, tentative, pending picture upload
In transition zone between salt marsh (Damon Marsh) and shore trail (Damon Marsh Trail)
Under Quercus agrifolia about 10m away from Strawberry Creek. Roughly 20 mushrooms within a 5 ft radius. Fruiting bodies likely due to light rain in the morning.
Barred feather, found on ground on bank of creek. Half of the feather is black, half of it is a dark blue. 4" long, 1/2" wide. Feather is slightly translucent. Black horizontal stripes through the blue half of the feather.