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Shiva Temple

A mile-wide mesa.

Anna's Hummingbird

Males of this species (Calypte anna) have shimmering red-pink throats and crowns and a mating song like a squeaky wheel.

Western Azalea

Rhododendron occidentale, or Western azalea, was grown widely as an ornamental soon after western explorers discovered it. 

Belted Kingfisher

Belted kingfishers (Ceryle alcyon) linger near waters with fish, perching repeatedly to get a clear view of their target.

Butterfly Mariposa Lily

This plant's sweet bulbs were a favorite of local Native American tribes, eaten raw or cooked.

Echo Azure Butterfly

The specimen in the diorama is a maleā€”its wings have more blue than females of the species do.

California Tortoiseshell Butterfly

When its wings are closed, the California tortoiseshell (Nymphalis californica) resembles a dead leaf.

California Sister Butterfly

The California sister (Adelpha californica) is a common West Coast butterfly that likes streams and springs.


The noise and excitement of combat attract other moose. How many cows (no antlers), young bulls (small antlers), and prime bulls (large antlers) can you count in the background painting?

Peat Bog

Spongy, wet ground containing sphagnum moss and decomposing organic matter. Also called muskeg. 


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