Last Saturday I went for a guided walk on the Rios Trail at San Elijo Lagoon. I wanted to learn more about some of the habitats surrounding the lagoon. The docent leading the walk was very knowledgeable and I learnt a lot.
Harlequin Bug at San Elijo
Looking out over the lagoon before the walk
Datura or Jimson Weed
Squirrel gorging on Lemonade Berry
Many plants like this Sage – as well as Sagebrush – go dormant during the hot summer months – but they still retain their wonderful aromatic scent.
Varieties of insect galls
Silver Argiope Spider
Salty Susan Plant
Three photographs of a Fiddler Crab waving its large right claw
Sand Aster – probably the endangered Del Mar Sand Aster
Cochineal – scale insect – when squashed produces red liquid – used in the Americas as a red dye for centuries.
That bug’s a colourful fellow. MM 🐞
Wow! I sometimes forget what a wonderfully beautiful world we live in. It’s especially great to see your professional photographs of the landscape scenes and the close-ups of the insect world. Thank you for showing me the world through your naturalist eyes.
Rose, Thanks so much for your kind words – I love sharing nature!
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Love that squirrel! – Oh, and the Harlequin Bug