|First 4: young Western Diamondback (about 3' long)|
The first images in this blog post are of the young Western Diamondback Rattlesnake that rattled us as we descended the LDR-A arroyo. Willow, Frio and I were a few feet from the serpent when I noticed it. I warned Dr. K that it was there, and she made a detour around it.
The rattler never rattled, and after I parked the Heelers with Dr. K I went back to photograph the snake. It noticed me, but never got agitated enough to rattle.
We spent the rest of the hike in a heightened sense of alertness because of the encounter, but we also very much appreciated the green desert with its multitude of wildlife and wildflowers.
|This & next 2: Golden Crownbeard (Verbesina encelioides)|
|Frio and Willow|
|Clouds over the Organs|
|This & next 2: Fringed Amaranth (Amaranthus fimbriatus)|
|This & next 2: Chinchweed|
|Desert Spiny Lizard|
|Last 2: green desert|
Beautiful photos of the Fringed Amaranth, especially the last one.
Snakes always give me the creeps.
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