Fungus found growing on a black oak tree. Roughly 1 foot off a paved trail. Cool, wet, and spongy to the touch.
Recently fledged juvenile.
Not sure if this is a young drake or adult in eclipse plumage
Still retaining one breeding plume.
Drake in Eclipse plumage.
Old damaged hive.
About two feet tall, found about 8 ft. from the trail in savanna/oak woodland.
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.