Lots of flowers on bay trees throughout the area. Many, like this one, with more spent than fresh flowers.
Just two examples of many throughout the area.
Just leafing out. With flower buds.
Just a few blooming. These were in a dry creekbed. Genus should now be Primula.
A gooseberry...not sure of the species.
Late flowers and early fruits
I wanted to have a new species I hadn't uploaded for my 1000th observation and came across this one.
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.
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.
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.
In bloom January 13
Many on a piece of moldy wood.
He/it squeaked at me!