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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Wildflower views

I helped out with a plant survey yesterday.  Here are a few of my favorite views:

Leptosiphon sp.  (Not sure which species — can anyone help?)

Leptosiphon sp. with Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum)

Leptosiphon sp. with goldfields, possibly Perennial Goldfields (Lasthenia california ssp. macrantha)

I hope you're also enjoying some of the wildflowers this year!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Catching some z's in the Hemizonia?

An interesting moth in a Hemizonia flower.  The dewdrops on the wing made me wonder if the moth had spent the night in this flower?

Unfortunately, I'm not sure which species of moth this is, but I'll be working on the identification.  If you're familiar with this species, let me know!

Photographed in Marin County on 22 May 2017.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Simmer down

Sunset photographed from Cotati on 21 May 2017, after a hot weekend!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Mules and horses

Narrow-leaved Mule's-ears (Wyethia angustifolia)

A very fuzzy bee was also very interested in the flowers: 

Here are the long, slender leaves that give this wildflower part of its name.  The leaves can be up to 20 inches long.  (Hmmm...how long are a mule's ears?)

And here's a close-up of the leaf patterning:

The genus, Wyethia, is named after Nathaniel Wyeth, an inventor (of a horse-drawn ice cutter) and expedition leader.  (Wyeth has connections to Fresh Pond in Cambridge, MA!).  In the early 1800s, he traveled across the country with Thomas Nuttall (of Nuttall's Woodpecker) and John Kirk Townsend (of Townsend's Warbler).

Thursday, May 18, 2017


I'm not 100% sure what species of worm this is, but isn't the color amazing?  This beautiful turquoise polychaetepossibly Nereis grubei — was crawling over the rocks in the intertidal zone.  It was photographed on Bodega Head on 16 May 2017.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Pacific Loon (Gavia pacifica) at the north end of Bodega Harbor, 16 May 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017


Surfgrass (Phyllospadix scouleri) photographed along the outer coast in January 2012.  

P.S. For more information about surfgrass, check out the post called "Seeds in your socks" from 9 April 2014.

P.P.S.  Many of you know that I'm from New England and, well...once a Boston sports fan, always a Boston sports fan.  With apologies to Matt, I couldn't help posting something green tonight to celebrate the nice win by the Boston Celtics.  Way to go, Green Men!