Thallus / medulla K-
Soralia abundant, not concave
Branches not constricted at base
Base of thallus not blackened
Brodo takes me to U. lapponica / U. glabresens couplet, but I probably missed something.
Usnea arizonica—western bushy beard lichen. The most common fruticose lichen in the garden. Little information is available on the internet concerning this lichen. Photographed at Regional Parks Botanic Garden located in Tilden Regional Park near Berkeley, CA
A pregnant squirrel was on the fence.
Under canopy of an oak tree
I saw this dragonfly resting on a dead leaf of a star jasmine. It stayed there a good 4, 5 minutes, motionless.
Growing on edge of paved road
Boletus 'marshii' - Ben's bitter bolete. Dangit.
I came across this October spider on my way to work at about 9:00am. The Ohlone Greenway is chock full of amazing wildlife! A great place to take a slow meditative walk. What does a spider teach you?
Quite a few humans, exhibiting typical tool use, advanced language skills, cultural norms, etc. RIPE FOR ASSIMILATION.