In the first km along the Nimitz Way paved trail starting from the Inspiration Point parking lot, 109 newts were seen on or immediately next to the trail, between 17:30 and 18:00. It was raining, the ground was wet, with numerous puddles and standing water.
Hundreds of these bees swarming around an underground nest(s) in an English Ivy pseudo-landscaped area with planted redwoods. Could see bees coming out of numerous tunnels and some tumbling balls of wrestling bees on the ground (mating behaviour?). I caught a male and a female gripped together, chilled them down and took these photos (photos of male here). Also lugefool got them in their habitat here, thanks to Keng-Lou James Hung on bugguide for ID help.
these fish were really hard to get a photo of. they were swimming around the same area in the creek, about 2 feet deep. they stayed close to the bottom.
saw this squirming around in the water. it was around 6 inches
there were quite a few of these nearby the creek. They would fly around and then rest on the ground or things close to the ground.
Growing on a gravel slope below an eroding outcrop of sandstone/mudstone. Site elevation is 270 m above sea level.
burrowing in the duff. likely a hive underground. many individuals.
<10mm BL, on a broken branch with cones attached found on the ground under a lamp post