The beach was covered with these guys
It was about 20 cm long.
Dead on the road, but didn't look particularly flat/squashed.
Endangered species (re)introduction. No historic records from Marin County, but historic range includes Mendocino County down to San Bernadino. Historic occurrence closest to this location is Presidio near Fort Point.
Picture of Coho smolt. Redwood Creek, CA
Visiting almost every flower in the area, but in this photo resting on the non-native Everlasting Pea (Lathyrus latifolius).
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus was reported to have covered many of San Francisco's hills at the time of the Gold Rush, but its chaparral and coastal scrub habitats were quickly decimated by wood cutters gathering firewood to supply a growing city (one with relatively few trees other than coast live oak). Blue blossom is now abundant in San Francisco only on the Presidio Coastal Bluffs. This lone individual is at the top of "Dead Man's Bluff", and has likely escaped trampling due to its location at the very top edge of the highest cliff at Lands End.
In a drainage filled with concrete and other debris, and mixed in with iceplant (Carpobrotus edulis).
On steep eroding bluffs. Currently in fruit.
Growing along a remnant of the old railroad grade near Dead Mans Bluff. Smaller petals & leaves, and late-blooming compared to typical Grindelia hirsutula; fits general appearance of G. hirsutula var. maritima (a rare taxon) which is no longer recognized by The Jepson Manual.
Growing on a steep north-facing slope near Dead Man's Bluff. Photo is blurry due to its dangerous location.
The one and only vouchered Lands End collection for this locally uncommon species dates from 1931.
I took this photo many years ago, but it is a noteworthy enough plant observation to be added to iNaturalist retroactively. There are very few records of this species from San Francisco and no specimens collected since 1962. Only days after taking this photo, the plants (5 in all) had been apparently eaten - nothing remained but holes where the roots had been.
More salamanders I found.
Didn't smell so bad to me.
Took a little hike around Kirby Cove. Found these two little guys underneath a log.
Rectangle on the leading edge of the upper front wing appears more white than orange, but the four spots on the upper hind wing are filled with blue. West Coast Lady?
2 coyotes in our driveway
Nectaring on mock heather (Ericameria ericoides).
Impressed at how long a season this species has: observed a mating pair of umber skippers back in April in the same general area, and five months later there are skippers still skipping!
Introduced to this location from soils imported for landfill remediation.