Seen in the Native Plant Garden at the rear of the Sonoma Humane Society grounds.
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.
Two individuals; saw about ten on my short walk,
Not in data base. Aceria erinea acc'd to Bug Guide.
This ceanothus was observed within the Native Plant Garden of the Sonoma Humane Society. Some of the individuals were originally occurring, and further natives have been planted. In any case the wild garden is effectively naturalized at this point.
Seen producing its white flowers after this native plant has invaded a landscaped area of the shopping center. The specimen stood about 32 cm high and manifested leaves of length 18 mm in whorls of seven.
Butterfly or moth caterpillar. Sparse hair. Found with spiderweb like material around them, they seem to be creating the web themselves.
This variety is more specialized to chaparral and its leaves are slightly smaller than var. wislizeni. This specimen was growing in thick chaparral and its height is about three meters, with leaves about nineteen mm long. Note there is a sizable single Douglas fir in the background that has invaded the chaparral due to aggressive fire suppression practiced here over the last half century.
This compact woody native shrub was seen along a rough trail at Rincon Ridge amid the chaparral.
This bird was seen terrestrially near the boat ramp area of Lake Ralphine.
I saw some very small fresh mushrooms in Pepperwood a week ago; ID'd for me by Alan Rockefeller as Psilocybe coprophila. I'd bet these are the same.
Hundreds of cow pats on this warm hillside looked just like this one.
Confluent growth this spring, purpling the meadows.
He was about 3 inches from wing to wing and about 2.5 inches from head to bottom. A little pink coloration on the wings, very pretty moth. It was transfixed to my porch light
Seen invading a landscaped area near the street curb. The height of this specimen is about seven cm.
This foliose lichen was seen growing on a Douglas fir.
This creature was seen in flight and then resting on a rock amid the chaparral for almost a minute.
Numerous Bowltube iris were seen in bloom on Rincon Ridge today. The stature of these plants in the chaparral was only about ten cm high.
This tuft-grass was seen growing near the trail edge on Rincon Ridge. The flower spike reached a height of about 28 cm, and the arching green soft leaves were about 21 cm long. The panicle is rather delicate and narrow, but has a length of up to nine cm.
This oak was seen growing amid the chaparral. It has achieved a height of about three meters. The spiked, but soft, leaf margins are exhibited on the young leaves. The leaves are about three to four cm long, glossy olive-green above and a duller olive-green abaxially.
This woody shrub was observed armed with spines along its stems that exceeded 1.5 cm. The growth habit of this specimen was erect and exaggerated in its vertical form with a very stiff main stem; height was about three meters. The leaves lack petioles and arise from the stems or thorns directly in clusters of three.