Identified by David Gowen . This is an isolated population that I discovered about fifteen years ago in an area where Yellow Star-Thistle was burned in a controlled fire .
Most at this location were in early bloom .
Getting ready to bloom . Looked like a good year at this location .
2 domestic dogs
A wild and unrestrained individual , just as we found it . On edge of brush . It temporarily froze and then was gone in a flash .
Saw only a few in fruit along Madrone Canyon Trail .
Amazing to see the regrowth after the fire...
These were everywhere, and I was able to observe this one walking along the ground next to the trail, investigating each crevice.
Was really hoping she'd find a spider in one and do her thing, but it was not to be.
Lifted up a board and there were these two perfect depressions. Under nearby cover there were several more...would any arthropod make these? Antlions?
Saw this nice adult as I walked along the dry creek bed. It ran ahead then started calling and all of a sudden several chicks popped-up right at my feet, chirped loudly, and ran away (you can see one in front of the adult). Awesome!
What a cool-looking plant! Really wanted to get some good pics but it was too windy...
Sorry for poor pictures, I only had my macro lens...