Lots of flowers on bay trees throughout the area. Many, like this one, with more spent than fresh flowers.
A gooseberry...not sure of the species.
Late flowers and early fruits
Just two examples of many throughout the area.
Just a few blooming. These were in a dry creekbed. Genus should now be Primula.
Just leafing out. With flower buds.
Scat on a grassy slope about 3 inches long and 1.5 inches wide. The hoofprint was about 3.5 feet away with a cleft "print" an inch or two behind it.
Found on the side of a trail in a transition area between a mostly dense Doug fir/oak woodland and more sparse oak woodland. The fungus was found on a stump and was about 3 inches long. It hadn't rained in the area (California drought) for a while so the fungus was dry.
C. mildei or C. inclusum, juvenile female.
They probably account for more spider bites than any other spider and their bites are sometimes misdiagnosed as brown recluse bites.
I found this spider in a flower pot with a colony of ants. The spider appeared to be trying to avoid the ants and was constantly being climbed on. In the pot also were 7 snails of varying sizes. The spider was moved to a different plant because the pot was to be emptied, and when i picked up the spider there were at least 6 ants still holding onto the spider. The ants would bite only the spider's foot and could not be removed by the spider. The spider was moved to a different plant without ants, climbed under a leaf and stayed there.
This is a very common "grass" that kids call sour grass.
Feeding on the ground.
Saw two of these chasing each other. One landed at top of fir tree and I got these picture. It was making soft calls that sounded like a cat.
This spider was found laying with legs 1 and 2 close together in the front and legs 3 and 4 in the back in the corner of the door frame of my house. There was some webbing although i didn't get a photo of it. The web was moderately small(2-3 cm in length) and was not very thick. The spider was moved using the tupperware container shown to the deck railing. Once there, the spider quickly started to spin a web under the railing. It appeared to have 4 parts to its spinnerets. This spider was about 2 cm in body length and is compared to the bottom of the tub, which was about 8 cm on all sides. The weather was cold and the spider moved slowly and when i went to check on the spiders location later in the day hen it was warmer, it was gone.
Last time I posted one of these I got the opinion that species classification was determined by the sutures on the dorsa of the mid body segments....