After school today, Kieran and I returned to Oakland’s lovely Lakeside Garden. We spent a lot of time in the Japanese Garden with its waterfall, then wandered again through the Palmetum, where we had so much fun on our previous visit.

 

Ko han en Ko han en reverse

Kieran spots a red-eared slider.

Kieran spots a red-eared slider.

Kieran scouts the pond for the turtle.

Kieran scouts the pond for the turtle.

A yellow jacket comes in for a landing.

A yellow jacket comes in for a landing.

Yellow jacket drinking.

Yellow jacket drinking.

Yellow jackets drinking from the edge of the pond.

Yellow jackets drinking from the edge of the pond.

Sceliphron caementarium, a yellow-and-black mud dauber.

Sceliphron caementarium, a yellow-and-black mud dauber.

A fox squirrel.

A fox squirrel.

Fox squirrel gets a drink.

Fox squirrel gets a drink.

A skipper type butterfly.

A skipper type butterfly.

Skipper 2

Japanese maple.

Japanese maple.

Redwood.

Redwood.

An ishi doro.

An ishi doro.

A giant ishi doro at the entrance to the Japanese Garden.

A giant ishi doro at the entrance to the Japanese Garden.

Nearby is the palmetum, a real treat.

Nearby is the palmetum, a real treat.

Spiderweb on fan Grass panicle Flower under leaf

The ubiquitous Argentine ant, Iridomyrmex humilis, on a leaf.

The ubiquitous Argentine ant, Iridomyrmex humilis, on a leaf.

Sunlit leaves Debris on fan Debris on fan 2 Flamingolike flower

Red hot poker flower.

Red hot poker flower. Look closely and you’ll see the spots of Diabrotica undecimpunctata, a spotted cucumber beetle, within the flower.

Angels trumpet

A spiderweb in the palm forest.

A spiderweb in the palm forest.

Fern Long leaves Red berries Pink flowers Dandelion Sunlit leaf Lovely red flowers

A wasp in the leaves.

Another wasp in the leaves.

Ginger flowers Petrified wood

A honeybee visiting an angel's trumpet flower.

A honeybee visiting an angel’s trumpet flower.

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