Growing on a Walnut tree.
End of tail might have been bitten off by predator.
Fox was photographed via a mounted wildlife camera.
Found on base of Bay (pepperwood) tree.
Lots of creatures appear to be nectarine on these faded Ivy flowers.
These tiny flies were feeding--alongside honeybees, bluebottles and a few wasps--on fading Ivy Blossoms.
Ran along creek at 4:15 pm. Photographed by mounted wildlife camera.
Taking one of our last walnuts. With the increased crow numbers in the last few years, we get no nuts at all. to be fair, we've many squirrels too; but we used to get a peck of windfall walnuts.
I don't know if these are really the true Southern Magnolia… Whatever they are, they're quite popular up here; despite the fact that they really don't seem to do well as they might. They grow OK at first; but seem to fade after a few decades and don't usually become the monumental specimens seen elsewhere.
A group of thirty or so, devouring the fruit of a Chinese Pistache.
One of the cities' preferred street side plantings; put in especially starting 20 years ago after some very bad results with Liquidambers that destroyed miles of sidewalks…
The second pix was added to give a better idea of the tree. It was taken a block away 8/30/13.
Just my best stab at at species.
Interesting that this particular one(S. ribesii) seems to come up as 'the' Hoverfly in our list of these dipterans: this hardly seems fair.
Very heavy infestation of this green chard--confluent in places-- but absent on adjacent rainbow chard.
A new tree (approx. 3 ft, high) has sprouted from one of the low hanging branches.
I believe the is shows the plant pathology of the Fuchsia Gall Mite, Aculops fuchsiae acc'd to an online plant pest site…
It's bedeviled one of our nice plants for the last few years. Once it gets cold the galls disappear, only to gradually reappear and multiply once the plant is flowering in the spring. By August virtually every budding branch turns into one of these rather unattractive galls. I'm told that hummingbirds spread the pest; certainly we get quite a few of these attending the blooms.
Neighborhood setting (see roof line in photo)..4 approx fifty year old trees (Based on age of house nearby)..Redwood on right (SW) appears to be thinning at top. May be due to roots under structure, sidewalks etc.
Balletto winery is right next door to Kelly Trail, this scat seems to be comprised completely of fine wine grapes!
I don't see many of these in this area. A very pleasant surprise.
Frilly! Apparently a breed called Sebastopol: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebastopol_Goose
My favorite bird : )
These little ground squirrels are so cute. They had a network of tunnels right beside Lake Ralphine. They were so used to humans that they would sit out and watch on as the people threw bread at the geese and ducks. They would only duck away into a tunnel if you got 2 feet away.