of the Diablo Range variety

This curious garter (Thamnophis atratus zaxanthus) spent a fair amount of time following me about.  I missed a fantastic shot of the snake sun bathing on a rock in the middle of the creek, but managed several once it came to shore.

Garter Snake

Perching on a blade of grass

From a recent trip to Las Padres National Forest, these beauties were out in full force, flying about, and always welcome company.

Blue Damselfly