Small scorpions found underneath large rocks in dry grassy area. Temp around 82 degrees fahrenheit.
This foliose lichen was seen growing on a living Black oak limb. Lobes were easily detached from this truly three-dimensional specimen, whose height above the branch substrate extended at least fifteen mm.
This juvenile ground squirrel was seen in the context of a sizable colony with dozens of apertures into the soil and rock environment. It is busy dining, and allowed me to approach within three meters, unflinching.
This young California bay tree is about five meters tall, and is likely about eighteen years old. It is seen in a mixed oak-bay woodland along the trail.
Seen off the Spring Creek Trail growing on Quercus kelloggii. Lobes are easily lifted and found to be brownish on the underside.
This Melic grass was seen as a single specimen near the southern shore of Lake Ralphine.
This foliose lichen was seen on the trunk of a living oak tree, not too distant from the shore of Lake Ralphine.
This lichen was seen on living Quercus garryana. The patch size is about five by seven cm.
This lichen was seen growing on a large rock not far from a main trail, at the edge of a mixed oak woodland.
This crustose lichen was seen growing on a living oak tree at the edge of a mixed oak woodland. The organism is quite thin and has the texture of extremely fine sandpaper. It is whitish grey in colour.
This moss was observed growing on the trunk of a living Quercus kelloggii. Individual fronds of this moss (Image 2) are approximately sixteen mm long from tip to tip.
This foliose lichen was seen on a living Quercus kelloggii trunk near the forest edge.
The subject of this image is the ant crawling within the blossom of the Calystegia occidentalis.
Seen in flight and resting on a Malva plant along the rough trail to the peninsula.
This mature weeping willow was seen with roots in inundated soil. It is unlikely this specimen was cultivated due to its age predating the park and its considerable distance from any other landscaping features on the opposite side of Spring Lake.
Canada geese male and female escorting their brood.
Seen foraging on a dry ruderal area at the northeast of the lake.
This mature willow, standing about eighteen meters high, is growing in the inundated soils west of the lakeshore trail. The lead image is of a branch cut by government maintenance workers. (Who says we dont have enough money for parks, when our government is paying people to massacre native plants?)
There are several stands of Yellow flag, a naturalized iris, around the western and northern edges of Spring Lake. This plant is growing in saturated soils, and it can also be found in inundated habitat here.
A number of these plantains were seen along the western lake shoreline. Typical heights of these specimens ranged from 25 to 35 cm.
A number of these Equisetum were seen growing in the mesic soils at shoreline edge. The tallest of these sinuous rushes is about eighty cm, but they are still growing.
This aquatic plant is free floating and consists of ovate shaped to sub-globose fronds about one mm in size. This species, while not native to North America, is widely naturalized to freshwater systems. This plant coats a significant amount of the slackwater western shoreline of this freshwater lake.
This foliose orange lichen was seen on a twig of a living California bay tree. Apothecia were numerous with orange discs being about three mm in diameter.
This California buckeye was seen not far from the eastern edge of Spring Lake. Flower spikes are now waning on this individual.
This erect herb stands about 35 cm high. Its leaves and stem have a very hirsute and rough feeling, although not prickly. The single yellow bloom of the minute flower was present.
This insect had a crawling as well as a hopping habit of locomotion. Its total body length was less than one mm.
This foliose lichen was observed growing on a living Quercus garryana trunk.
Seen growing in a ruderal, grassy area not far from a main trail to Spring Lake. The flower spike is about four cm long, with individual florets around one cm in length. There are fourteen leaflets per leaf, which terminates in a tendril.
This ground squirrel is sitting at the entrance to his underground burrow, which he has carefully constructed over the last several years...probably passed down for generations.
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.