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.
Not in data base. Aceria erinea acc'd to Bug Guide.
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.
Seen on the shore of southern Lake Ralphine.
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.
A trio of mushrooms of the same taxon were seen growing on the leaf litter in this mixed oak woodland. Chief oak species here are Quercus agrifolia, Q. kelloggii and Q. garryana.
This mother was watching her ducklings in one of their early life swimming lessons.
Seen in an old rock quarry area. This specimen was only about twelve cm long in blade length.
This bird was seen terrestrially near the boat ramp area of Lake Ralphine.
This foliose lichen was seen on a large rock. The specimen was firmly adnate.
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.
This bird was seen darting swiftly along the ground not far from the shoreline of Lake Ralphine.
Seen scampering about in a rocky area near the southern shoreline of Lake Ralphine.
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.