This furry caterpillar was seen in terrestrial locomotion. The surrounding habitat is mixed oak woodland.
This statuesque Whiteleaf manzanita was seen in a chaparral pocket of the otherwise predominant mixed oak woodland. Its height is about 3.5 meters. The ground is very rocky and sloping at about 13 degrees, south facing. Berries are fairly well developed at this stage.
This minute Cladonia was seen growing on a native rock on the forest floor within the open canopy mixed oak woodland. The height of this specimen is about five mm and the cup diameter is about 1.5 mm. Note the shaggy stalk and bluish cup interior.
Seen growing in a rocky ridge area amid mixed oak woodland habitat.
Seen growing on the trunk of a Quercus garryana.
This moss was seen growing on the trunk of a living Quercus kelloggii tree about two meters above the soil surface.
Seen perching in a Quercus kelloggii tree.
Seen in bloom in a ruderal area near the sidewalk. The height of this specimen is approximately 25 cm.
Seen growing in a ruderal area near the sidewalk. The height of this specimen was about 25 cm.
This individual was seen in flight and then coming to rest, being quite stationary on this plant for about one minute.
About two dozen of these plants were seen in bloom over a relatively compact area of about 400 square meters. Their bloom has occurred within the last week. The average height of these plants is about 60 cm. This location is in a somewhat sunny, rocky clearing on a south facing slope surrounded by mixed oak woodland.
This subtle crustose lichen was seen growing on native rock in a sunny clearing within an open canopy mixed oak woodland. The size of this roughly circular colony is about three cm. The colour of the specimen is similar to that of the rock.
This luxuriant moss colony was seen growing on a living Quercus garryana tree. Individual fronds are about two cm long plus a one cm rooting structure.
Seen growing in a rock crevice in a sunny clearing within the mixed oak woodland. The culm (including flower spike) height is about 60 cm. Cauline leaves are 25x1 cm, and basal leaves are 30x.7 cm.
Seen blooming in a sunny clearing within the broader oak woodland habitat.
This foliose lichen was seen growing in a chaparral area on native rock.
Seen growing on native rock on a steep slope within an open canopy oak woodland.
Seen growing on the trunk of an oak tree. The specimen had a very dry aspect and was in cascading or decumbent form. Individual fronds are about two cm long.
This weedy plant was seen below the trail on a rather steep slope with a disturbed habitat beneath an open canopy oak woodland. This plant is surely non native. It is quite large, measuring almost 120 cm in height, but its heavy top has rendered it essentially prostrate.
Seen in a chaparral area, two males were seen in combat, and a total of six of this species were present in a localized interactive setting.
This young madrone was observed in an open canopy mixed oak woodland. It stood about three meters high, and is exhibiting its characteristic smooth orange bark on the main stem.
Seen in bloom in a vacant lot, which can be considered a ruderal grassland, this semi-erect Trifolium stands at about 14 cm in height.
This pea was seen blooming in the understory of an open canopy mixed oak woodland on the hillside here.
Seen in bloom on the moderately steep hillside in a partial clearing under the mixed oak woodland open canopy. The shrub height was about 140 cm.
This clumpgrass was seen in several instances along the southern flank of the running trail. The area is shaded by oak dominant woodland. The growth habit is decumbent, and the maximum height of this grass is no more than 17 cm, although the breadth of the clump is about forty cm.
This bird was seen in terrestrial locomotion in a landscaped area somewhat east of the Montecito Heights Raquet Club. The bird is wild, but seemed unusually unafraid as i walked by at a distance of three meters or so.