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Spotted Orbweaver Neoscona crucifera

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joykrauthammer

Date

July 13, 2019 07:36 AM PDT

Description

Spotted Orbweaver Neoscona crucifera.
Spider made beautiful web. Web was gone the next day.
© Joy Krauthammer

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Orbweavers Family Araneidae

Observer

joykrauthammer

Date

July 13, 2019 07:36 AM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

I did not see the underside to determine whether or not there was any red or orange hourglass like a black widow... Maybe it is a 'brown widow' which are becoming more common. The next day the web was totally gone so maybe the spider ate it. Web was near Olive tree and house, Northridge, CA.
© Joy Krauthammer

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Arroyo Lupine Lupinus succulentus

Observer

joykrauthammer

Date

April 5, 2019 09:28 AM PDT

Description

Lupines, purple, wild and crazy all over hillside, healthy from blessed LA rains. MIrgrating Painted Lady butterflies loved landing on the Lupines.
© Joy Krauthammer

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Western Fence Lizard Sceloporus occidentalis

Observer

joykrauthammer

Date

April 9, 2019 11:43 AM PDT

Description

Lizards seen daily in garden. This one I rescued from pool and added him to expanse of grasses on hillside.
© Joy Krauthammer

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Painted Lady Vanessa cardui

Observer

joykrauthammer

Date

May 2, 2019 11:25 AM PDT

Description

Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui butterfly migration through garden in Northridge, landing on pretty yellow and purple flowers on hillsides. Swarms every second for days and then couple weeks later more smaller swarms. Exhilarated feeling of bliss to witness them. (Difficult to shoot a good still perspective.) They came through also 15 years ago for 2 full weeks. Bursts of wild flowers from needed rains probably kept the Painted Ladies here lingering longer. Sometimes the Painted Ladies are mistaken for Monarchs.
© Joy Krauthammer

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Spearmint Mentha spicata

Observer

joykrauthammer

Date

June 5, 2019 07:44 AM PDT

Description

Spearmint hosting Oxyopes spider.

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Striped Lynx Spider Oxyopes salticus

Observer

joykrauthammer

Date

June 5, 2019 07:44 AM PDT

Place

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Description

Tiny Oxyopes spider visiting my spearmint. I was shooting the mint and there he was in Northridge, CA 91326. First spider i ever photographed.
© Joy Krauthammer

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joykrauthammer

Date

June 3, 2019 07:33 AM PDT

Description

Myrtus communis (Common Myrtle), bushy medium-sized evergreen shrub. Small glossy green leaves. White flowers. Appeared WILD a few years ago in private garden.
© Joy Krauthammer

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Myrtle Myrtus communis

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joykrauthammer

Date

June 3, 2019 07:33 AM PDT

Description

Myrtus communis (Common Myrtle), bushy medium-sized evergreen shrub. Small glossy green leaves. Appeared WILD a few years ago, White clustered flowers 1/4". Northridge, San Fernando Valley, CA, USA 93126 home garden.
© Joy Krauthammer

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joykrauthammer

Date

August 6, 2018 08:50 AM PDT

Description

Bower Vine, Pandorea jasminoides.
White trumpet-shaped blooms have long magenta throats, and bloom in groups. (see photo) Can’t smell any fragrance. Twining branches with glossy bright green foliage.
Long, full-shaped seedpods that turn woody, hold papery flat seeds. (see photo) Grows well on trellis. Was cultivated maybe 2 decades ago in private garden.
Hot 110* degrees and dry in Northridge, San Fernando Valley, CA 91326 USA.
© Joy Krauthammer 8.6.2018

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joykrauthammer

Date

August 6, 2018 08:45 AM PDT

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Description

White clustered flowers 1/4" growing wild in Northridge, San Fernando Valley, CA, USA 93126 home garden. Small bush 4' tall and wide has been seen in private garden for a few years surviving hot dry 117* F. temp. Only 1 flower remains today Aug. 6, 2018. Two months ago was beginning to blossom. See 3 more photos from June 11, 2018.
No idea what this wild bush is.

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Mints Genus Mentha

Observer

joykrauthammer

Date

July 8, 2018 08:10 AM PDT

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Description

Mint about 18" tall with purple flowers growing wild in Northridge, San Fernando Valley, CA 93126 home garden. Mint has been here for decades surviving hot dry 120* F. temp.
© Joy Krauthammer July 8.18
#2. same wild mint w/ Bee Aug. 6.18
#3. mint leaves, same wild plant Aug. 6.18

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House Sparrow Passer domesticus

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joykrauthammer

Date

June 15, 2018 11:37 AM EDT

Description

Little patient bird, House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) wanting my lunch 6.15.2018 as I ate at sidewalk table outside Chipotle restaurant on a Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910 USA pedestrian only downtown street. 907 Ellsworth Drive at Fenton Street.
© Joy Krauthammer
Thanks RG for ID.

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Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca

Observer

joykrauthammer

Date

June 14, 2018 03:47 PM EDT

Description

Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) plant seen 6.14.18 about 6 feet tall with many clusters of flowers and insects in a home garden by the street in Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910 USA. Extra photos of same plant include wider view and from views a year ago June and August 2017 in flower form and seed pod form (when I visited the area from LA). The garden is a Certified Wildlife Habitat from National Wildlife Federation. Milkweed attracts Monarch butterflies where they lay their eggs on underside of high leaves. Plant has latex, an allergen. I love walking past this garden on Fairview by S. Mansion Drive because "The property provides 4 basic habitat elements needed for wildlife to thrive: water, cover, and places to raise young." (Added my watermark on 7.29.18)

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Great Mullein Verbascum thapsus

Observer

joykrauthammer

Date

June 17, 2018 06:58 AM PDT

Description

Yellow flowered stalk, just beginning to sprout, 6 feet tall volunteer in home garden that has wild deer and wild bunnies. Maybe they don't like Mullein because of the fuzzy leaves. Camera was set for Pacific time but garden is in the east coast on South Mansion Drive at Fairview, Silver Spring, Maryland. Time was 9:58AM EST on June 17, 2018.

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Mountain Grape Berberis oiwakensis

Observer

joykrauthammer

Date

May 30, 2018 01:04 PM PDT

Description

(Genus Mahonia)
A member of Barberries and Allies Family Berberidaceae Is this AKA Leatherleaf mahonia (Mahonia bealei) AKA Beale's barberry or Oregon Grapeholly?
Fruit hang down, blue color, after bright yellow small flowers had bloomed on stout evergreen shrub 6 feet tall. The yellow flowers had arched upright on 7” long clustered racernes/spikes, on green spiny-toothed spear-shaped pinnate leaves. (I had first observed flowers on 12.28.17 and posted 1.5.18.)
Growing in shopping center, outside small garden on Reseda Blvd. at Superior St. in Northridge, CA.)
PS
Added the Mahonia oiwakensis Berberidaceae yellow flowers from 5 months earlier, 12.28.17 and a closeup from 1.3.18, and a separate set of leaves. First time I'd ever seen this flower.
© Joy Krauthammer

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Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna

Observer

joykrauthammer

Date

March 31, 2018 05:26 PM PDT

Description

Two baby Anna's hummingbirds a few days old in nest (less than 2" wide) within a metal wind sculpture in gated porch garden outside a townhouse and inches from glass door. Mama Anna Hummingbird cares for babies, feeds them. I held camera over my head pointing at nest not wanting to disturb babies. Babies flew a few days later. Photos from 2 months ago because I forgot to submit being in love with babies. There are many Anna's Hummingbirds around here loving flowers and feeders.
-Joy Krauthammer

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Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis

Observer

joykrauthammer

Date

June 4, 2018 07:25 PM PDT

Description

Last few days I've seen this Red-tailed Hawk sitting early morning and early evening and during day on top of the tallest tall pine tree. Bird of prey looks in all directions turning head wide at least 180*. It shrieks with a shrill cry. A local small bird I've seen 'dive bomb' this hawk, and hawk didn't budge. I've seen over the years 2, 3 or 4 hawks soaring together overhead. Once a hawk landed in my garden sitting only a few feet above ground. (It doesn't have a mean look as most hawks so I think it is young. It also flaps wings many times before the soar gets going.) - Joy Krauthammer

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Mute Swan Cygnus olor

Observer

joykrauthammer

Date

February 17, 2018 04:11 PM PST

Description

Pair of white swans with black bumps on forehead in Lake Balboa.

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Barberries Genus Berberis

Observer

joykrauthammer

Date

December 28, 2017 02:03 PM PST

Description

Berberidaceae
stoutly branched evergreen shrub 6 ft tall, with dense foliage, arching, green spiny-toothed spear-shaped pinnate leaves, and small, cup-shaped bright yellow flowers borne in upright erect, clustered racemes/spikes 7" long in late December drought winter. Bottom section of stalk already bloomed, top section not yet bloomed. (A week later stalks had shrunk and appeared mostly dead although not yet fully bloomed.)
Planted outside a Vietnamese Pho restaurant in shaded north facing little garden corner.
© Joy Krauthammer

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Sago Cycad Cycas revoluta

Observer

joykrauthammer

Date

October 15, 2017 08:50 AM PDT

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Description

Sago Palm, Cycas revoluta - Sago Cycad, reprodutive protective parts of cycad, Megasporophylls and ovules of female. Furry finger-like forms conceal the inner ovules, orange/red furry seed pod balls, that may contain an inner embryo if pollinated. The ovules are at about chest level, 4 feet tall.
Found in Northridge, CA in a private garden every year. This is not really a 'palm' and originated from Japan.

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Sago Cycad Cycas revoluta

Observer

joykrauthammer

Date

October 15, 2017 08:49 AM PDT

Description

Sago Palm, Cycas revoluta - Sago Cycad, reprodutive protective parts of cycad, Megasporophylls and inner ovules of female. Furry finger-like forms conceal the ovules, orange/red furry seed pod balls, that may contain an inner embryo if pollinated. Found in a private garden every year when 'flush' of new spear-like leaves appear. This is not really a 'palm' and originated from Japan.

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Night-blooming Cereus Selenicereus undatus

Observer

joykrauthammer

Date

October 13, 2017 12:32 PM PDT

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Description

Night-blooming cereus, Hylocereus undatus. With bee inside/on top of female part, the stigma, top of pistil-- of the Pitaya, Dragon Fruit flower closing at about 6" wide after only one night of opening. Flower probably opened a dozen hours earlier. Male parts with pollen seen on lower right: Anthers on tips of stamen. Planted branch in a Northridge, LA, CA home garden near NE corner of Devonshire and Vanalden.
© Joy Krauthammer
The full flower is the same flower. The closed flower bud is adjacent.
Plant was pruned from mother plant in Pacific Palisades, CA which produces wonderful Dragon fruit.

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Domestic Mallard Anas platyrhynchos var. domesticus

Observer

joykrauthammer

Date

October 8, 2017 12:40 PM PDT

Description

White duck with a bouffant of feathers on back of head/skull.

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Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

Observer

joykrauthammer

Date

February 19, 2017

Description

What is it? Bird circled house and landed on roof just for a single minute before heading south.
© Joy Krauthammer 2.19.2017

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House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus

Observer

joykrauthammer

Date

February 18, 2017

Description

Bird with yellow head and neck. What is it? From about 40 feet away.

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American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

Observer

joykrauthammer

Date

December 14, 2016

Description

I counted ten American White Pelicans at Lake Balboa swimming in the Lake at the same time in one area on 12.14.2016 from about noon to 4pm on a sunny day. I photographed them taking off to soar and was surprised to find black feathers hidden under their white feathers, so I'm sharing one of these images. The pelicans mostly swam quietly on the water and later in afternoon lowered their beaks to maybe preen themselves. -Joy Krauthammer

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Bluecrown Passionflower Passiflora caerulea

Observer

joykrauthammer

Date

May 4, 2015

Description

I found large vines of Passion flowers by the hilly side (not easily accessible) of the waterfall cascade at Lake Balboa, LA, CA on 5.4.15. (Looking up at the cascade, on the right side.) "Passiflora, known also as the passion flowers or passion vines, is a genus of about 500 species of flowering plants, the type genus of the family Passifloraceae. They are mostly vines, with some being shrubs, and a few species being herbaceous." Many gorgeous flowers transform into edible fruits consisting of a hard dark purple egg-shaped shell, filled with seeds and juice inside. Fruit is ripe when fairly firm yet wrinkly and falls off vine. Used as juice, baked goods, icecream, etc. (Barnacle Scale bugs can kill entire huge vines.)

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