Lone bird flying a few yards north of the Mary Bowerman Trail at about 3800 feet or more in elevation .
This rally looks like it's about to bloom.
His is the individual we had blooming in our camera stand pics (http://bit.ly/morganfire, #morganfire02).
On canyon live oak
I observed several California Sisters flitting amongst the Oaks along the North Peak Trail, Mt Diablo, CA.
A small day-flying moth, approx 1 in. wingspan, with light tan upper-wings, and the lower wings dark colored with a white wingbar (see attached pic). Need some help with identification. Thanks!
I found about 8-10 Mormon Metalmark butterflies at/or near the top of North Peak Rd, in Mt Diablo State Park. It was about 2:30PM.
The day's prize, though I was quite happy with the metalmarks, too.
I think the white margin is just worn. Doesn't have hindwing spots of Propertius, too late for Pacuvius.
Many thanks to Hank for alerting me to the presence of this species up there! I'm sure I never would have noticed they weren't fence lizards on my own.
Of course the only ode I was able to photograph to my satisfaction was one I already knew.
One of my favorite late-season flowers.
One of many, many darners patrolling the peaks and passes. There were also larger ones with green thoraxes that were probably Common Green Darners, and I suspect we also saw some saddlebags, but we were unable to catch any for decent photos.