Growing on the base of an oak.
The last pic shows the results of a nectar thief that got the goods without moving any pollen.
I saw this one in my kitchen. The pic with the yellow wall is most like its true colors.
About 15ft from vernacular pool (double pond), five purple petals, three flowers on plant; fairly dry ground, w/lots of other plants in surrounding area.
Growing in grassland near oak woodland. No others around. About 1.5 to 2 feet tall.
I little inch-worm I found on the porch, kindly identified by our colleagues at BugGuide
This cute little fellow was not very amused when I tickled him with a feather. But eventually he flew off, and we are still friends.
black fungus on yerba santa
Unharmed but resting- maybe hot a window? Drunk on fermenting berries? Who knows
Bee is black, powdery-yellow, and hairy. Found hanging out on penny royals in grassland about 25 feet from pond. About 20 other bees sighted in area as well.
pollinating star thistle. In mixed grass by the side of the pond habitat. About 3/4 in long.
Pollinating penny royal about 3/4 in long. The only other bees in area were honey bees. In transition zone between oak woodland and pond habitat.
I observed a series of mimic vocalizations which included what seemed to be an Oriole call as well as a "stylized" Kingbird call coming from the Himalayan Blackberries in a small wetland bordering Pepperwood. I was able to see the bright yellow breast plumage and grey upper body before the shy bird vanished.