Sunset Desert Paintbrush
A friend of mine and I decided to go for a quick road cruise last night, to see if maybe, possibly, by some streak of incredibly good luck, the warm weather over the last couple weeks had brought the snakes out of brumation.
We were walking around in the rocks, flipping cover, looking for rattlers in an area where I found over 15 baby rattlers last fall, and a group of rock climbers informed us that they had seen a baby rattler earlier in the day.
Rejuvenated and excited, we hopped in the car, and headed down the road at a whopping 20mph, looking for snakes.
We found one…a baby Panamint Rattlesnake, crushed and completely flattened by passing cars. A horrible sight, in itself, but ion the context of being the first snake spotted for the 2009 herping season…incredibly invigorating and exciting to see.
Regardless…this flattened little baby was NOT photo worthy, and would not even be identifiable to someone unfamiliar with the species in the area. I only knew what he was because I know what is there.
But not far from the mangled little snakelet was this gorgeous Desert Paintbrush, just starting to bloom. The sun was setting behind the Sierras, and the light coming across the plateau just made this little flower shine!
As always, thanks for taking the time to look. Keep watching…the snakes are starting to move, and I’m determined to get some wonderful photos of the local herpetofauna this summer…