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upper body strength….or….how goodbear’s favorite bees finally arrive
August 16, 2010, 6:03 am
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sunday afternoon the sky started getting moody and i started feeling desperate.  “i need more bug photos for my upcoming show.”

braving the elements, (rain and thunder….not too frightening) i headed east to my favorite dragonfly hotbed.

first of all, it must be said, my new hiking boots are totally comfy and i’m so glad i didn’t let anyone talk me into returning them. 

and yes, my feet ARE totally adorable when they’re…in shoes. moving on….

’twas a brilliant day.  the light was diffused with clouds and the roll of thunder kept going on and on and on.  (like a moody blues tune, only you actually like that it’s not stopping)

big surprise of the day?  tiny toadkins. these little toads were hopping all over when i climbed down to the pond bed.  and also, these little toadkins are why i smelled like dead fish for a wee bit.

but, how cute? they were worth it.

you’re wondering,….”how tiny IS that tiny toad?”  well, he’s about the size of watch battery.  maybe smaller.  maybe the size of a micro sd card?

now, regarding the upper body strength….

damselflies.

they have some staggering upper body strength. …no?

sadly, the last visitor reminds me about how i’ve lost my bee friends.

agapostemon.

i miss my agapostemons.

eh.  nice critters out there.

afterwards i hopped back in the honda.  listened to van morrison, ray lamontagne, and…what?…mazzy star.  ’twas a good day.



notes from the hike

and so it came to pass…abacus and i fancied a hike in the catalinas.

we arrived at the trail head to see this:

a harbinger of pain?  how tough was this hike going to be?

not too bad, actually!  it was hot, but i think we sort of kicked ass!  it was full sun, but we made good time.

now, i need to say, my hopes for nature viewing were low, but we were treated with views of ravens and a hunting red tail.  also, scads of funnel spiders had set up shop:

one knoll was plastered with these.  i like the funnel spiders. they’re efficient eaters…and their bodies remind me of sugar smacks!

we also had some lovely flora…whatcha got right there is the Mirabilis linearis – Narrowleaf Four O’Clock.

the climb was steep so i noticed the plant life on the way up: moving slowly and all.  on the way down, only critters caught my eye.

here is a punk ass grasshopper who i followed for a great while  he would only turn his back to me.

grasshoppers are the biggest teases in sonoran nature. they know you want to take their picture…they leave, but they stay close enough for you to follow.

how high were we?  this high:

we also saw the dainty sulfur and the claret cup hedgehog:

we were back down town by 11:15 for beers and clams at bob dobb’s!



the border collies headed upwards!
June 30, 2009, 6:10 am
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so it was saturday and it was time to take the border collies hiking!

hike4 miles in the mountains.  pickles had a great time and the 3 border collies that went all got along great!  there was time for them to frolic in the pine needles before the trek began.

hike rompa good time to get away from the heat and enjoy the cool mountain air.

hike frolicbailey enjoyed playing fetch with pine cones the entire way, pickles got to chase a bird and eight ball just was a good boy, pluggin away.

hike waitgreenery, wildlife, wildflowers, fresh air.

and…

hikedonkeya burro?  “who cares?” says pickles, “my border collie friends are leaving without me!”

….

hikebcs“can we go again?”



is that his real name?
June 28, 2009, 1:47 pm
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yes…he really IS called the “pleasing fungus beetle.”

pfbsorry the picture is so crappy. i only had my point and shoot with me yesterday.  these guys were all over when we went hiking in the mountains yesterday morning.



big ole cactus…tiny bees
April 28, 2009, 2:38 pm
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we took a day trip and i got up close and personal with these gigantic saguaro cacti.

saguaroblossom1as you can see, these are very tall.  we were lucky they were all over, even beside the road.  to get these shots i had to use my 75-300mm telephoto lens and stand on the back of the truck.  this shot was from about ten feet away.

this one is from about 5 feet away.   good thing because it is a much smaller bee!  it was about the size of a large grain of rice.

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see how tall they are?

saguarothe entire area was packed with bees, but we weren’t scared as they were all native bees.  we didn’t see any honeybee swarms.

several varieties of bees were wallowing in the saguaro blossoms.  other native bees were buzzing around about a foot above the ground.  everywhere you looked you saw a bee flying around.

it was great!



art show…but not how you’d think…
April 26, 2009, 8:25 am
Filed under: animals, dogs, nature, new mexico, pets, photography | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

if the day begins with hashbrowns…it’s gonna be good.  but lets not dwell on breakfast…

the hike to the petroglyphs was easier than i expected, so we went a little farther. i have to say….i had a good time but i was sad i didn’t see more wildlife.  not one single raptor.     and no snakes.

but this was a fun surprise:

cairna cairn.  i love these things.  i tried to keep them up in my back yard…but certain fast moving cinnamon bears kept knocking them over.

and of course, the whole reason we went to this site:

.rockyrockooh, yeah baby, petroglyphs.

rockyrock2ancient peoples.  writing about the sun, mankind, eternity, and mammals. gotcha.  scholars don’t really know for certain what the icons mean, but they are all over the world.  sun sign.  biped.  random mammal.

that sounds about right.  they were pretty much everywhere so many centuries ago.

but, there too, also… (that’s how alaska governors speak)

there, too, also,…were some pretty scenes.

sag1

it was a pretty and peaceful hike.

sag2

no dogs welcome here, but in retrospect…it would have been too dangerous.  venomous snakes, lizards, scorpions, nasty-ass-boars, mountain lions, prickly-spiny things.  it made me definitely consider moving home so the dogs can be safer on a saturday morning walk.



my, what straight trees you have – goodbear and the bro hit the trails

today my brother and i hiked a length of the finger lakes trail.

flt

we didn’t go very far because i still am a snot head. (meaning i have a cold, not that i’m lacking manners)

it had rained all morning, so the ground was covered with soggy leaves and puddles.  cold damp air is foreign to my lungs; it was a nice change of pace.  fresh mossy smells, not the dusty trails of home.

 

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lichen

mossy

we only saw squirrels and one bird.  no exciting wildlife, but there was a variety of mosses and lichens which i won’t see for a while.

our walk was through a pine forest.  the rows were so orderly, i had to ask who planted them.  a product of president roosevelt’s ccc, these pine forests were planted all over as a reforestation project meant to employ americans and conserve the forests.  3 billion trees were planted in 9 years.

ccctrees

it is a gloomy evening, but soon company will arive so we had better get a second wind.  i napped after our trek, so that will help….

later taters.