male. It was about 20 yards from me until my wife and the camera showed up, then it flew.
This is hard to see but you can see a red stripe along the head. This is an invasive species in our area.
Notice breeding plumes are in.
Small snake, about 14" long, dark and light banding, at Spring Lake County Park.
I have no idea what species of fly this could be. It was the size of a House Fly, using riparian habitat in an area that contained many species of willows, as well as live oaks and grasses.
There were quite a few redwoods around the lake, attracting Brown Creeper, among others.
The entire rail family was cooperative - we saw a Common Gallinule, a few American Coots, and heard some nearby Sora, too.
The Night-herons here - both adults and immatures - were quite confiding, almost to the point of being bold and reckless. This particularly handsome immature allowed for close approach.
Huge pulse of this species coming through at Spring Lake this morning. They were everywhere!
This a wild plant I'm guessing. It was really prickly and there was two purple flowers on it ,we couldn't touch it because it would hurt our hands
I think this is some type of grass that we found in howarth park. It was by itself just grass alone
This wild black berry bush,we found it in the mountains were we went for a hike. It has flowers which blackberries are going to grow.it has white flowers and the leaves are sharp and can cut you.
I found these leafs by lots of other plants like tress and flowers. The leaf is soft and rubbery. The stem was also soft.
I was walking around on this trail by my house, and I saw this long tan like grass coming up. It had little "rattles" on the top, and it did in-fact sound like a rattlesnake when you shook the plant. It was in a pretty shady place, but there was sun still coming through. Many other plants were around this plant as well.
I was walking on this trail (that leads to Lake Ralphine) and I found these small white flowers. They were located in the shade, and the soil seemed kinda dry. There were many plants surrounding this plant. but there were many of this same plant spread out along the trail.
This tree was surrounded by other trees and bushes and a lake. The leaf is kind of rough.
Found these leaves by some tress and other plants. The leaf is pretty soft but the points as you can see in the picture are sharp .
I saw this snake slithering through some grass near a trail. It was fairly large, but I was never able to see the whole thing. I was only able to get one picture before it left but the coloring and stripes made it easy to identify