At first glance, this was just another lizard. I wasn't close enough to it to see the colors, or the beautiful scales. I just took some pictures, zoomed in to see it closer - but still didn't appreciate what it looked like until I saw it on my computer screen! The Desert Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus … Continue reading Desert Spiny Lizard
Arizona in April - this is what is happening in my back yard: I think this is a Claret Cup Cactus. If it isn't, it should be because it seems like an appropriate name for it... Wicked thorns though... How I like claret!...It fills one's mouth with a gushing freshness, then goes down to cool … Continue reading Spines, Scales and Rocks
This story starts with a large clump of Rosemary. It has apparently become the home of an Arizona Cottontail Rabbit - or I think that is so, since I have seen it (the rabbit) bolt from there on a number of occasions. It is a very handsome rabbit and except for it's fondness for the … Continue reading Rosemary, Rabbits and Rattlers
Transient - a snake passing through the yard, my 'fear' of said snake, the snakes skin. I have to say at the outset that I don't really like snakes all that much. Not big snakes, for sure. (A snake always looks bigger than it really is, by the way.) So the first time I saw … Continue reading Grow Up, Snake!
Notice - It's easy to forget that your original objective was to drain the swamp when you are up to your neck in alligators. - Sign at Gatorland, Florida - Gatorland, Florida, is an interesting place to take the Grandchildren, particularly if they like reptiles of all sorts. It is a 110 acre park with … Continue reading Florida – An Alligator at Gatorland