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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Snake Encounters of the 3rd Kind

Centennial High School (center)
Becca and I have encountered only a few rattlers this spring and summer, so we were cautiously pleased to come upon one today.  It wasn't especially happy to see us, though, and gave a few halfhearted rattles to ward us off.  It needn't have been concerned; we are very respectful of these desert denizens.  The trouble is:  after you've had your encounter you're rather jumpy for the rest of your hike, seeing snakes where only lizards tread, almost bounding away from a grasshopper rattling around in the lower branches of a Creosote Bush.
Getting started

Hugging the mountain flank

West of Tortugas

Semi-agitated Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

An unnerving stare directed at us

Butterfly on Chinchweed flowers

Pal of the pale-yellow butterfly

Sometimes you find the oddest things in the desert

The late-bloomer I photographed yesterday

An old staple of the Apache's diet

The flowers are quite tasty

Desert Zinnia and Prickly Pear Cactus


Dr. K said...

I hope you didn't get too close to that snake when you took those photos.

Scott said...

He used a telephoto, Dr. K.!

Great set of images today, Packrat. The desert looks pretty barren in your panoramic images, but you usually manage to fine some really interesting flowers, birds, or lizards to photograph in greater detail.

I have a (sad) snake story to relate, perhaps today or tomorrow.

packrat said...

No, not too close, Dr. K.

packrat said...

Thanks, Scott. I'm already feeling sad about the (sad) snake story you have to tell.

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