Lots of this at this location
Beautiful field of them
Male Phymata americana ssp. metcalfi on Chrysothamnus
Little Elephant's Head, along hwy 120 just outside east gate into Yosemite. Short elephant trunks and dense hairs among flowers distinguish this species from Pedicularis groenlandica (long trunk, no hairs among fl). Also saw in wet meadowson Rock Creek trail. Orobanchaceae
These Desert Holly bushes were found on the Mesquite Flats region of the park at an elevation of 2,000 ft. They have numerous adaptations for living in this harsh desert climate including pale, leathery leaves that reflect light and help them retain their moisture
The leaves pale color comes from an excretion of salt on their outer surface and their angle helps limit the amount of direct sun that hits the surface of each leaf. They are common members of the creosote scrub communities and despite their similarity, are not related to the European Holly.
These grasshoppers were found in the barren cobblebeds of Badwater Basin, around 150 ft below sea level. During the summer this is regularly the hottest place in North America.
Identified by Dr. Paul Opler...
Dylan Neubauer, a botanist that has work
Was hoping all the way up this morning to see a Pinyon Jay. Nothing to slouch about - a Mountain Bluebird.
The On-sight Naturalist here at Crooked Creek said they have two species. "The one that runs fast with it's tail up is the Uinta."
These trees are considered some of the oldest living organism on the Earth - some date 4,000 years. Humbling to stand near them
Distinct for the "shabby bark" ...
Slow, fantastic drive to The Crooked Creek UC Field Station - 10,500 ft. White Mountain Butterfly Count
Maybe Orange-crowned? The Trail Sign said Yellow Warblers bred in the willows there...
Actually had a Queen float overhead. Never saw one this north.
This was one of the "target" species for the trip and one that I had wanted to see for years. They are much more active in the spring, and despite several hikes in the dunes, they eluded me. We were fortunate enough to see this one under the pickleweed along Salt Creek.