I little inch-worm I found on the porch, kindly identified by our colleagues at BugGuide
This cute little fellow was not very amused when I tickled him with a feather. But eventually he flew off, and we are still friends.
I found the salamander at a drying up pond, and he was hiding under a rock.
black fungus on yerba santa
Around vernal pool.
Good Choice for 'lilies of the fields...."
Martin Creek region
The spider was on it's web between two blades of grass near a pond.
Working on a crew to suppress various invasives, we found a fine crop of these setting nets next to the abundant pennyroyal blossoms. Sorry to say, we may have ruined their hunting. There were still many small crickets--a few if these in the snares--so perhaps it won't be too bad.
These fellows show can be seen from 10 feet away on a night hike with a UV light.
A type of Carpenter bee
I have seen this species once near the Turtle Pond and have looked each year for it. Maybe I will be lucky this year.
The photos of this observation are not digital so I scanned them. I am surprised I did as well as I did.