Tejon Ranch, Part 3   Leave a comment

I figure I’ll have enough pictures for one more day, then back to business as usual.  There hasn’t been anything exciting going on, so the timing for this series is good.

The foothill penstemon is a lovely little flower, often domesticated, that is blue with a violet throat.

While I was taking pictures of them, one of the members of our party spotted something unusual.  He was interested in insects, and this was a highly unusual wasp.  It lives upon penstemon pollen, and this one was busily collecting its lunch.  Because it was so focused, he identified it as a female.  I’m sorry to say that I don’t remember her scientific name.  She’s right near the center of this picture.

We went on down the road.  This is one of the better spots.  It was a good thing we were in four-wheel drive vehicles.

A little farther on, we came to a sudden stop.

The cause was a gopher snake — a nice big one — in the road.  Our guide caught it so we could get a good look, before he turned it loose to go about its business.

We often could look back at the Valley.  The smog was depressing — or rather, the thought of going back into it.

What may have been the most beautiful part of the trip was yet to come; but that’ll be for tomorrow.

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Posted July 3, 2012 by stablewoman in Nature

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