This pretty blue-purple columbine just popped up under my pear tree where bell beans used to grow.
This Q. kelloggii was seen in a residential neighborhood. Its age is about sixty years, exceeding the age of any homes on this ridge. Note two instances of young leaves sprouting directly from the trunk.
I was sitting under a cherry tree studying when I felt a little thud on my back. I reached over and grabbed it and found this goofy chunky little caterpillar had chewed through the cherry he was standing on! He was still intent on eating it even after the fall!
Recurring 6-8 years of this fine rare bird.
A scene in one of the 'vernal pools' that form each spring in the ruts of the soggy dirt road between the creek and the water treatment pond here. They always fill with pollywogs in the weeks of their existence.
I suppose these are Sierran Treefrogs...
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.
A pair of these cruised leisurely into a flock of Tree Swallows briefly, and then flew away... This one had some sort of short interaction with one of the swallows before leaving.
I believe I've seen these consistently over the last year in this spot without ever being able to get a picture or even a good look. Usually they seem to be approaching the large water treatment pond, gliding in at around 50' elevation. I wonder whether anyone could hazard a guess.
Picked up six of these wandering in the grassy verge of the creek trail. They made no attempt to bite in the hour I carried them; but crawled restlessly over my body until I plucked them off. My dog got three-- that I could find.
All of these were male.