This shrub was seen at banktop level along the asphalt trail.
Seen growing on leaf litter near the road. The general area can be characterized as mixed oak woodland.
Seen as a landscaping element along the roadway, this is an alien species used for ornamental purposes. The plant is now in flower as shown here.
This somewhat chinky crustose lichen was seen growing firmly adnate to a native boulder within a chaparral habitat on a sunny rocky slope.
Exotic or escaped pet????
This Diamond Dove has been hanging out next to my chickens' cage in the morning before. I have never seen such a small dive before.
Seen growing along the lakeside trail in a somewhat disturbed grassy area. The cap of this hemispheric mushroom is about six cm in diameter, and the stalk length is only about 4.5 cm, including the engorged base.
Several sizable incense cedar trees were seen at the northern entrance to Spring Lake. This tree is not in its native range here, and it belongs in mountainous areas such as the Sierra Nevada. It is likely that these trees, now measuring up to 23 meters high, were planted in the mid twentieth century.
Seen in a ruderal grassy area.
This thin layer of duckweed was seen at the slackwater shallow fring of Spring Lake.
Seen in dry form from last year's growth, at the waterline edge. Now everyone knows that i use recycled pocket calendars for my field notes :)
This Western scrub-jay was seen perching in a willow tree, that was just beginning to produce leaves and catkins.
Growing not far from the shoreline in a low-lying land spit that protrudes into the lake. Catkins and leaves seem to be appearing more or less at the same time. This will has a laterally spreading form, with an effective length of the main stem of about six meters.
Seen growing in a low elevation land spit protruding into the lake. The minute sedge was only about 28 cm high, with triangular cross section flower spike no more than one mm in cross section diameter. The soft, narrow delicate leaves were about 20 cm long and two mm wide.
Seen on the trunk of a deciduous planted street tree on the north side of Montgomery Drive.
Seen in a sunny chaparral microhabitat, these vertical leaves with manifest distinctive venation diagnostic of Wyethia glabra. These are the first Mule's ears i have seen this season.
This crustose lichen was firmly adnate on a large native rock. The microhabitat is a moderately steep rocky chaparral area. This specimen size of the chinky lichen is about eight by ten cm.
Seen in early budding stage in a rocky chaparral area.
This small gilled mushroom was seen growing in a sunny grassy meadow interceding within a larger chaparral area. The diameter of the dry brown cap is about 14 mm, and the delicate stem is about 28 mm long. Some of the gills run from the cap rim only a partial distance toward the stem. The dry cap is attributed to the sunny warm weather of the last week, coupled with the exposed and well drained slope of this find.
Seen along the Natkemper Trail.
Several of these small shrubs were seen in a landscaped area that is a private western entrance to Annadel. Could this be C. thyrsiflorus?