Perennial herb (bulb). Monocot. Native to California.
Common names: checker lily, mission bells
These guys were out in force tonight. Encountered 5 on the road, and one swimming in the pond. I still have not located confirmed breeding pools.
Healthy looking. No abrasions or marks.
At the Dwight Center
Rattlesnake outside Dwight center entrance
A fly with it's abdomen missing! Not sure if it lost in in this location and then died? Or maybe it was still alive and flew here without an abdomen before dying. Or maybe there was some fungus or parasite or something that broke out of it through it's abdomen? I've never seen anything like it!
Being chased by two red-tailed Hawks which show good size comparison in the photos.
Rocky south-facing slope
I guess this is a spider burrow: a conical silk-lined structure incorporating forest debris. Seen in a forest of Douglas Fir and Coast Redwood.
Several others were nearby with smaller apertures; the fourth photo is one of these.
Similar structures with the Foldingdoor Spider Anthrodiaetus riversi have been posted from Pepperwood.
Being munched on by a stonefly larvae at cattle creek crossing.
Line with yellow flags of grazed, ungrazed section in martin creek ~2 weeks post graze.
This could be a fungus or slime mold. It looked little like a Rhizopus, but hyphae/stalks had incredible tensile strength and are tough like hair. No septa noticed on hyphae. Location is at western, central Pepperwood Preserve.