A striking floral component on bare caliche slopes in early summer; here long gone to fruit and dried out.
Increasingly common in grasslands under the prescribed burning program at the Refuge.
Found on wet creek banks and a few selected moist slopes on Glen Rose terrain. Blooms earlier in the year; gone to fruit here.
Fairly common in still water on the Refuge...when there is water.
An abundant and characteristic plant of Glen Rose slopes at Doeskin Ranch.
Co-occurring at Doeskin Ranch with H. scabiosaeus.
As reported on FPF by Buddy Murphy. Black bear got a bag of garbage during a night raid. Singular incident
I'm not sure where the scientific name "Mimosa quadrivalvis platycarpa" comes from. That is listed as a "not accepted" synonym of M. roemeriana in ITIS.gov. That site and USDA Plants database both list this plant as M. roemeriana.
Bush honeysuckle is an invasive plant.
Western Parson Spider. Discovered indoors, escorted to the out-of-doors. Identification based on location (Southern California) and photo comparison to every other "Western" that I found online. Spider is nearly identical to Eastern Parson Spider.
One large female moose was crossing the road