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A crab spider and a spider building a web; serpentine wildflowers at their peak; butterfly, moth, beetles, ants, and other pollinators -- and a barn owl taking up residence in the lone valley oak on the ridge. A spring hike from Escobar Gate.

In the interest of posting these images and getting on to my next ones, I may have misidentified some species -- or even punted. Many people would like to know the names of these creatures and plants -- I know I would. Please leave a comment with an ID or other information!

Enjoy the spring!!
Welcoming Oaks from Escobar GatePhainopepla Tree at SunrisePhainopepla Tree at Sunrise (2)Moonset over RidgeLone Valley Oak (Quercus lobata)Lone Valley Oak (Quercus lobata) (2)Lone Valley Oak (Quercus lobata) with MoonLone Valley Oak (Quercus lobata) (4)Barn Owl (Tyto alba) Peers from Hollow in Lone Valley OakBarn Owl (Tyto alba) in Lone Valley OakField Ant (Formica moki?) on Wolly-fruited Lomatium (L. dasycarpum ssp. dasycarpum)California Goldfields (Lasthenia californica) along Road FWolly-fruited Lomatium (L. dasycarpum ssp. dasycarpum) with Another AntField Ant (Formica moki?) on Wolly-fruited Lomatium (L. dasycarpum ssp. dasycarpum)Wildflowers along Road FField Ant (Formica moki?) on Wolly-fruited Lomatium (L. dasycarpum ssp. dasycarpum)Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa) and Owl's Clover (Castilleja densiflora ssp. densiflora)Two Ants on Wolly-fruited Lomatium (L. dasycarpum ssp. dasycarpum) with Another AntWildflowers along Road F (2)Field Ant (Formica moki?) on Wolly-fruited Lomatium (L. dasycarpum ssp. dasycarpum)