Mother Nature is the artist. I just collect the memories…

Went for a walk today…

Went for a walk around some high desert springs today with the Eastern Sierra Herpetology Club, looking for amphibians and lizards…primarily the California Black Toad or Bufo exuls.  We found some adult toads, LOADS of tadpoles, and some recently metamorphosed Pacific Tree Frogs.

Cool storm clouds, wildflowers and cactus blooms everywhere, a gorgeous spring afternoon, and lots of wildlife of the scaly and slimy variety.  So sit back, and enjoy the photos!

Spiny lizard enjoying the sun.

Spiny lizard enjoying the sun.

Beaver Tail Cactus

Beaver Tail Cactus

California Black Toad...the reason for the trip...

California Black Toad...the reason for the trip...

Blue Damselfly

Blue Damselfly

Brown Damselfly

Brown Damselfly

Cholla Cactus

Cholla Cactus

More Cholla

More Cholla

Cholla with a Friend

Cholla with a Friend

Cholla Landscape

Cholla Landscape

A flower, a bee, and a beetle.  Couldn't ask for much more...

A flower, a bee, and a beetle. Couldn't ask for much more...

Grey Damselfly

Grey Damselfly

Northern Desert Horned Lizard

Northern Desert Horned Lizard

Yellow Monkey Flower

Yellow Monkey Flower

Spiny Lizard

Spiny Lizard

Gravid Sideblotch...that means preganant...

Gravid Sideblotch...that means preganant...

Mating pair of Sideblotch lizards

Mating pair of Sideblotch lizards

Gravid Spiny Lizard

Gravid Spiny Lizard

Recently metamorphosed Pacific Tree Froglet...

Recently metamorphosed Pacific Tree Froglet...

Small, male Spiny Lizard in "full bloom"...

Small, male Spiny Lizard in "full bloom"...

A bit of natural history…the California Black Toad is an incredibly endangered species due primarily to the size of it’s habitat.  It only occurs in a very small area in Inyo County, California…where I live.  Don’t get me wrong…there are many of them within that habitat range, but still…it is a very small habitat.  Finding them was a real treat.  Getting even one halfway decent shot was not easy…

Thanks for coming along!!

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4 responses

  1. Very nice lizard, amphibian and dragonfly pics!

    June 2, 2009 at 2:29 am

  2. My son would love this! Haven’t seen a horned lizard in ages!

    June 2, 2009 at 3:30 pm

  3. We have Horned Lizards all OVER out here. I can walk through the desert that is immediately in my backyard and find a dozen or more in an afternoon…

    Thanks for the comments!

    June 2, 2009 at 3:35 pm

  4. There are skinks and lizards here but I haven’t managed to capture one on camera. They’re very quick.

    June 2, 2009 at 9:37 pm

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