Two individuals; saw about ten on my short walk,
From our work crew, removing thistles as time runs out before they all bolt to flower.
This individual, by common consent, was the mother of all milk thistle.
Butterfly or moth caterpillar. Sparse hair. Found with spiderweb like material around them, they seem to be creating the web themselves.
This foliose lichen was seen growing in a chaparral area on native rock.
Seen invading a landscaped area near the street curb. The height of this specimen is about seven cm.
Numerous Bowltube iris were seen in bloom on Rincon Ridge today. The stature of these plants in the chaparral was only about ten cm high.
This tuft-grass was seen growing near the trail edge on Rincon Ridge. The flower spike reached a height of about 28 cm, and the arching green soft leaves were about 21 cm long. The panicle is rather delicate and narrow, but has a length of up to nine cm.
This creature was seen in flight and then resting on a rock amid the chaparral for almost a minute.
This oak was seen growing amid the chaparral. It has achieved a height of about three meters. The spiked, but soft, leaf margins are exhibited on the young leaves. The leaves are about three to four cm long, glossy olive-green above and a duller olive-green abaxially.
This foliose lichen was seen growing on a Douglas fir.
This compact woody native shrub was seen along a rough trail at Rincon Ridge amid the chaparral.
This variety is more specialized to chaparral and its leaves are slightly smaller than var. wislizeni. This specimen was growing in thick chaparral and its height is about three meters, with leaves about nineteen mm long. Note there is a sizable single Douglas fir in the background that has invaded the chaparral due to aggressive fire suppression practiced here over the last half century.