Following creek on north side of the road, then came up over the road and up embankment.
I compared my specimen to multiple potential species at the Berkeley Herbarium. I found a few specimens of this species that looked exactly like mine.
Joanna Clines and Dean Kelch took a quick look at my specimen and also thought it looked like S. lasiolepis.
Leaves are glabrous above and sparsely hairy beneath
hairs 0.1 mm long
Growing on Quercus
They are shrubs or small trees. Not sure what family it's in but we think it's an ornamental.
Growing on Arctostaphylos viscida var. mariposa
Growing on Abies
I saw several of these spiders that appear to thrive on Sierra Nevada snowfields.
Growing from a sugar pine log
This beauty is one among thousands in the central valley foothills. Valley Oak trees are amazing survivors in drought like conditions because they can extend their roots more then 60 feet down to reach the water table. This is a resourceful trait when California is hit by climate change.
I almost ran him over