This is one of my favorite flowers to encounter.
Red flowers with white-gray stems, 3 feet tall, found in mixed evergreen woodland
Located in grassland on hillside. about 1.5 feet tall. 8 flowers present, 2 dead. Dry soil and direct sunlight. About 3 others present in area farther down hill.
This drying thistle was seen amid a chiefly chaparral habitat in a steep ravine.
Or a ssp thereof
Cob web thistle
Growing in openings within the dune scrub above Baker Beach.