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

A Herping I will Go…

Jesus, it seems like a long time between posts, recently.  I’ve gone out shooting, I just haven’t gotten anything worth sharing.  The weather has not been cooperative, being too cold for road cruising, and too bright and clear with blown light during the day, which makes even macro work difficult.  But, John and I wanted to go scout the location of the next Eastern Sierra Herpetology Club Field Trip, and see if the big lizards were up. 

We got there and found a great variety of wildflowers, though many were still closed, waiting for the warming rays of the New Day’s sun.  We got some good shots of the few that were open, though… 

Scalebud

 

Scalebud and...Afid? In the desert?

 

Scalebud Butterfly

 

I'm stumped. How about you?

 

There was plenty of Wooly Daisey, Paintbrush, White Tidy Tips, Fiddleneck and Showy Gilia around, but this trip wasn’t really about the flowers.  It was all about the lizards… 

Great Basin Fence Lizard--Sceloperus occidentalis longipes

 

Same Fence Lizard

Another Fence Lizard

Barred Spiny Lizard--Sceloperus magister transversus

Western Sagebrush--Sceloperus graciosus gracilis--Female showing breeding coloration

Graet Basin Collared Lizard--Crotophystu bicinctores--Male

Same Collared Lizard in defensive posture

You wouldn’t believe how close we were able to get to these lizards today.  They happily deemed us non-threatening and posed for pictures, a couple of them allowing me to get my lens less than a foot away!!  It was really awesome! 

Thanks for coming along!!

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