Growing on the base of an oak.
About 15ft from vernacular pool (double pond), five purple petals, three flowers on plant; fairly dry ground, w/lots of other plants in surrounding area.
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.
A type of Carpenter bee