Filed under: bees, hiking, insects, nature, photography | Tags: animals, bees, damselflies, hiking, insects, nature, photography, toads, wildlife
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.
’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.
now, regarding the upper body strength….
they have some staggering upper body strength. …no?
sadly, the last visitor reminds me about how i’ve lost my bee friends.
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.
Filed under: flowers, hiking, insects, life, nature, photography, plants, wildlife | Tags: flowers, hiking, insects, life, nature, photography, tucson, wildlife
and so it came to pass…abacus and i fancied a hike in the catalinas.
we arrived at the trail head to see this:
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:
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.
how high were we? this high:
Filed under: animals, border collies, dogs, hiking, life, nature, pets | Tags: animals, border collies, burros, dogs, donkeys, hiking, nature, pets, wildlife
so it was saturday and it was time to take the border collies hiking!
4 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.
a good time to get away from the heat and enjoy the cool mountain air.
bailey 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.
greenery, wildlife, wildflowers, fresh air.
a burro? “who cares?” says pickles, “my border collie friends are leaving without me!”
“can we go again?”
Filed under: beetles, insects | Tags: animals, beetles, hiking, insects, nature
yes…he really IS called the “pleasing fungus beetle.”
sorry 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.
Filed under: bees, flowers, insects, nature, photography | Tags: animals, arizona, bees, cactus, hiking, insects, nature, photography
we took a day trip and i got up close and personal with these gigantic saguaro cacti.
as 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.
see how tall they are?
the 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!
Filed under: animals, dogs, nature, new mexico, pets, photography | Tags: cactus, dogs, hiking, life, nature, photography, pictures, travel, wildlife
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:
a 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:
.ooh, yeah baby, petroglyphs.
ancient 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.
it was a pretty and peaceful hike.
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.
Filed under: nature, photography, travel, trees | Tags: conservation, finger lakes trail, forestry, hiking, moss, nature, photography, trees
today my brother and i hiked a length of the finger lakes trail.
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.
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.
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….