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Birds and a Panamint

Yup…more birds, and a BEAUTIFUL Panamint I found with my daughter…

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That little Panamint was awesome.  He was being harassed by a Raven that was evidently trying to keep him in the road to be run over.  Lucky for the snake, not so much for the Raven, we were the first car to come along, so I scared off the raven, grabbed my snake hook, and moved the little guy out of the road.

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The Buttermilks and Mono Lake

The last few days have been busy.  Zayne has been with her mother, so Kevin and I spent a bunch of time wandering around the desert, taking photos, looking for snakes and lizards, and just hanging out.  This really has been one of the most incredible weeks of my life.  We are already planning for him to come visit in August, sometime around my birthday, at least for a day or two.  It’s hard to believe I only met him 7 days ago, and here I sit, missing him, only 9 hours after dropping him at the airport.  I guess that’s life.  Anyhow…on with the photos..

Turkey Vulture

 There was a ton of Turkey Vultures flying around.  This one got fairly brave and flew right down near us, searching the boulders for food.  We also found a bunch of lizards and even a couple Panamints…
 
 

Panamint Rattler–Crotalus stephensi
Panamint Rattler–Crotalus stephensi

It was quite a lovely day…

Kevin trying to get the shot
Little Peak
Buttermilk Ridgeline

Kevin’s flight back home was this afternoon, so we left the house around 5am, and headed up to Mono Lake, to get some early morning shots before he had to go.  It was another spectacular day…

Mono Lake Tufa

Looking for a shot
South Tufa Portrait

This has been one of the most incredible weeks of my life.  I’m really glad I took a chance and reached out to my son.  I’m even more thrilled that he responded positively.  I think we have a good thing to build on here…

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What a GORGEOUS Day!!

Ahh…it felt like Spring.  Hell, it almost felt like summer!  Woke up to a gorgeous sunrise, and had my first cup of coffee on the front porch listening to the sparrows as the sun crept up over the hills…

Sparrow at Sunrise

I got home from work and the Sphinx moths were back out, only this time they were after the freshly blossomed lilacs…

I had to go down to Big Pine to water some animals for a friend who is out of town.  For giggles, I cruised up one of my favorite roads to see if by chance the snakes were awake, and wouldn’t you know it…

Panamint Rattlesnake--Crotalus stephensi

This little juvenile Panamint was very cool, chilling in the road on the way back down.  So it’s official.  First snake of the year means spring is officially here!  I don’t care the weather thinks…

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More Flowers…and Snakes…

Yup…it’s that time of year.  The time we photographers live for.  The time of year when everywhere you look there is something worth shooting…

Cultivated Honeysuckle

Cultivated Columbine

Cultivated and monsterous flower of some sort...

Sub-adult Panamint Rattlesnake

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Panamint Alley

Took  a cruise with John to Old Faithful last night.  We thought it was about time to play with a rattlesnake, so we went to one of my favorite Panamint cruising roads.  As luck would have it, we found 3 juvenile Panamint Rattlesnakes (Crotalus stephensi)!

Over the last few years, this road has been quite predictable and consistent in it’s Panamint offerings.  I think I’m gonna continue cruising here, because frankly…I love me some Panamints!

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Old Shots Re-visited

I got a new monitor.  YAY for ME!!  It is WAY better than the old piece of shit I was using.  Since getting it, I have been able to properly calibrate it, so that I can actually view my images the way everyone else sees them!

See…up until now…when I’ve been processing photos, I have been acutely aware of my monitor’s shortcomings, and “guessing” where the photos needed to be to ook right to other people.  Well…them days are over!

I remembered taking a bunch of photos that I never processed because I simply couldn’t get them to look good on the old monitor.  SO I have re-visited some of these images, and managed to properly process them.  So here they are!

Great Basin Gophersnake

Great Basin Gophersnake

Great Basin Gophersnake

Great Basin Gophersnake

Panamint Rattlesnake

Panamint Rattlesnake

Desert Nightsnake

Desert Nightsnake

And a closeup shot of a REALLY creepy Dobson Fly I took last night:

Creepy, creepy face.  Must be an alien...

Creepy, creepy face. Must be an alien...

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Riding Along in my Automobile…

Yup…You guessed it!  I went for a quick little road cruise the other night in search of my favorite rattlesnake.  We left early, hoping to spot a Desert Striped Whipsnake or a Red Coachwhip before the sun set, but unfortunately, luck was not on our side.  We did get to see a pretty decent view, though…

Looking east at sunset

Looking east at sunset

Rusted out cement mixer from about 50 years ago...

Rusted out cement mixer from about 50 years ago...

We did manage to round up a lonely Panamint…

10 buttons, good size, and calm

10 buttons, good size, and calm

Tongue Cloeup1

This was a very calm snake.  It didn’t even rattle at me.  It tried to get away, but posed long enough for a couple pictures, at least.

Anyhow…thanks for taking a look!


Old Faithful

Last night, my friend John gave me a call.  He wanted to go find some snakes.  So we went for a quick cruise, along with my daughter, to a road that has become known as “Old Faithful”.

Why Old Faithful?  Well…because it is one road, close to town, about 7 miles in length from one end to the other, that almost always produces snakes…and usually a Panamint or two.  Last fall, after eggs  hatched and litters were born, it was not uncommon to find 10 or 12 babie snakes in one night.  This spring has proven just as fruitful, giving up beautiful Panamints, Longnose, and Great Basin gophersnakes everytime we’ve decided to cruise it.

And last night was no different…

Sub-adult

Sub-adult

This small-ish sub-adult was really cool.  He only gave a coupl quick buzzes of the tail, and settled right down.  He was quite content letting us get some photos…

Juvenile

Juvenile

This little juvenile tried to buzz…but he only had one button.

Friends?

Friends?

Don’t he look cute sitting there with an ant on his head?  I think they are friends…

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