SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS
The beginning of the trip had rainy conditions, the Santa Cruz Mountains were covered in mist.
A number of wildflowers were in bloom, such as this Blue-eyed Grass.
Fence Lizards were often encountered.
And there was a profusion of Boxelder Bugs.
A couple of young Ringneck Snakes.
A male Western Skink.
The conditions were ideal for Rubber Boas.
This tiny one was posed on a Holly leaf to show its size.
This one had a nice olive coloration.
Yellow Monkey Flower.
Despite the misty conditions, I saw this Northern Pacific Rattlesnake "basking" on a hillside.
A view of the surrounding landscape.
A young Western Fence Lizard.
Pacific Ringneck Snakes were pretty easy to find in the mountains.
I always enjoy encountering Coast Garter Snakes and was not disappointed on this trip.
There was no shortage of California Slender Salamanders.
An orange striped version of a Coast Garter Snake.
Southern Alligator Lizard.
I found my first California Night-stalking Tiger Beetle ever.