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

Cruising for a Lifer

Well…cruising season has definitely slowed down, as it always does this time of year.  With night time temperatures rarely dipping below 80*F, the snajkes simply do not need the warmer blacktop surface to thermoregulate, so we see fewer of them.  It’s ironic, really…as the weather gets warmer and more snakes become even more active…we actualy see fewer because they don’t come to the roads for warmth.  Ah well…C’est la vie…

There are still a gfew higher elevation areas withtemperatures that are much lower, and still provide opportunities to cruise up snakes.  So with this in mind, my friend John and I decided to hit a mountain pass in Mono County last night, in search of a snake I have never seen in the wild before…and neither has John..

But…the East Side being what it is…we had taken some wonderful photographs that made the night worthwhile, long before we ever found a single snake…

Golden Sunset

Golden Sunset

Rainbow Sunset

Rainbow Sunset

Alpenglow Sunset

Alpenglow Sunset

We have lived in the Eastern Sierra for long enough to know that a cloudy day that clears towards evening will almost always providwe a wonderful sunset.  And sure enough, as the sun went down behind the Sierra Nevada Mountains to our west…the White Mountains to our east created a wonderful display of light and color to photograph…

Further on down the road and much later in the evening…

Great Basin Rattlesnake

Great Basin Rattlesnake

The Eastern Sierra is the western border for the Great Basin of the United States.  In my area, we find the Great Basin Gophersnake, Great Basin Collared Lizard, and the Great Basin Rattlesnake.  Of these, the most stunningly beautiful is the Great Basin Rattlesnake…Crotalus oreganus lutosus.  And up until last night…I had never seen on in the wild…

Claifornia King

Claifornia King

Having found my lifer, and satisfied with the night, we headed home.  Of course…for a couple of road cruising addicts like John and myself…”heading home” involves a long, slow drive down the OTHER back roads…just to see if we can find anything.  Sure enough, this adult California Kingsnake popped up his head to say hello.  He bit me too…bastard…;).

That’s it for the road cruise. Earlier in the day, John and I went for a walk in the desert, looking for snakes and lizards.  We found a bunch of lizards…no snakes…

Northern Sagebrush Lizard

Northern Sagebrush Lizard

Northern Sagebrush Lizard

Northern Sagebrush Lizard

Common Sideblotch

Common Sideblotch

Common Sideblotch

Common Sideblotch

Thanks for taking the time to look!

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One response

  1. wildphotography

    Love the rainbow/sunset shot! I wish I could get out to the eastern sierras more often, but Santa Barbara ain’t so bad. lol

    August 20, 2009 at 11:10 pm

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