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.
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.
Seen scampering about in a rocky area near the southern shoreline of Lake Ralphine.
I liked the white ring on the neck.
This chinky lichen was seen adnate on a large rock not far from Lake Ralphine.
Seen growing on a large boulder not far from the lake.
Seen growing on the trunk of an oak tree. The colony size of this adnate foliose lichen is about eight by seven cm.
Seen along the shoreline of the southern part of the lake perching on a rock in slight drizzle.
Seen in flight and perching in a leafless tree.
Seen with catkins and leaves.
Seen on land near the shoreline of the lake.
Growing on the forest floor in a shady, rocky part of the mixed oak woodland here. The deltate leaf blades are about 13 cm long.
Seen adnate upon a large boulder. This foliose lichen has apothecia with dark brown centers. Specimen size is about 20 cm across.
Seen in the understory leaf litter not far from the lake shoreline.
Seen in bloom, this woody shrub measures about 3.5 meters high, and is situated along the main lakeside trail. This taxon does not appear to be a native plant.
Seen perching and in flight near the lake perimeter.
This small bird was seen looking for food opportunistically on a paved area west of the lake.
This non-native was seen in a ruderal area near the trail. About twenty similar specimens were seen in sunny locations nearby.
Seen invading a lawn area west of the lake. This delicate, supple stemmed is a fairly common lawn weed in the region, but i cant speciate it.
Seen perching on a tree limb overhanging the west bank of the lake. This is a sizable bird, whose body mass is attested by his choice of a succession of sturdy branches for perching.
This non-native was seen quite well naturalized in a grassy area on the west side of the lake.
This liquidambar tree was pushing out new leaves and flowers. I have taken the liberty to pose a dried fruit from last year upon the branch for comparison to size of new flowers. This tree was most likely planted here as part of the park waterfront landscaping, as if nature needs this kind of tampering.
This minute Galium measures no more than eleven cm high, with leaves in whorls of four. The leaf measures about three by one mm. The habitat is a mixed oak woodland/ chaparral ecotone.
This shrub is just beginning to produce flower buds. The leaves of this shrub are quite large, measuring about 14 cm in length. The height of the shrub is around 2.5 meters.
This junco was seen foraging terrestrially in an area of bare ground not far off a main trail.
The rosette of this new thistle has formed in the past week or so.
New leaves are just emerging on this Quercus kelloggii.
Seen growing along the lakeside trail in a somewhat disturbed grassy area. The cap of this hemispheric mushroom is about six cm in diameter, and the stalk length is only about 4.5 cm, including the engorged base.
Several sizable incense cedar trees were seen at the northern entrance to Spring Lake. This tree is not in its native range here, and it belongs in mountainous areas such as the Sierra Nevada. It is likely that these trees, now measuring up to 23 meters high, were planted in the mid twentieth century.
Seen in a ruderal grassy area.
This thin layer of duckweed was seen at the slackwater shallow fring of Spring Lake.
Seen in dry form from last year's growth, at the waterline edge. Now everyone knows that i use recycled pocket calendars for my field notes :)
This Western scrub-jay was seen perching in a willow tree, that was just beginning to produce leaves and catkins.
Growing not far from the shoreline in a low-lying land spit that protrudes into the lake. Catkins and leaves seem to be appearing more or less at the same time. This will has a laterally spreading form, with an effective length of the main stem of about six meters.