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.
Several of these small shrubs were seen in a landscaped area that is a private western entrance to Annadel. Could this be C. thyrsiflorus?
This specimen was seen on a Quercus agrifolia. When the orange portion was touched, one's finger came away with orange spores.
This hard fungus was seen on the trunk of a living oak tree within the mixed oak woodland here.
This thin layer adnate crustose lichen was growing on the principal trunk of a living Quercus agrifolia, within the larger context of a mixed oak woodland on a steep rocky slope in western Annadel. The specimen did not shed powder when touched.
Seen on higher elevation rocky sunny slopes, this grass has its dried panicle from last year's growth and is shooting out fresh basal leaves. While most of the leaf biomass is basal, there are three narrow cauline leaves on the dry flower spike. The specimen was about one meter in height measured to the top of last year's dry panicle. New basal leaves are only about 30 cm high, but they are still growing.
Seen on a rocky steep slope within a copse of oak woodland, growing in semi-shade. This species of Galium is a four-whorled leaf type. The specimen is only 18 cm high, growing in a rock crevice with its customary clingy nature.
This mature 20 meter tall California bay was seen in a ridgetop copse near the ecotone with a ridgetop meadow. Note the multifurcate trunk.
This adnate crustose lichen is extremely firmly attached to a sizable lateral limb of a living Quercus agrifolia. The thickness of the specimen appears to be about one millimeter.