|First 4: young Western Diamondback (about 3' long)|
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|