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The desert is snake country as we were reminded along the trail at the visitors center at Saguaro National Park where we saw several of these signs. You can be sure I was thrilled to learn that of the 36 species of rattlesnakes that live in North and South America (rattlers are found nowhere else), 13 call Arizona home. That’s a good reason not to hike with headphones, since a rattle is the snake’s way of letting you know they’re there and would rather you weren’t. And since the desert “summer”, or at least the season when it’s hot enough for snakes to be out and about, lasts from April to October, it behooves a hiker to take a good deal of caution about where s/he puts hands and feet and to listen for that warning sound, something you can’t do with music or a podcast blaring in your ears.

As I was taking photos along the trail, my husband called to me, saying our daughter had found something I’d want to photograph. She’d first thought it was a plastic bag, but a closer look showed that it was a long, intact molting of a snake. Now I don’t know for a fact that it was from a rattlesnake but after having seen several of the warning signs, I think there’s a good chance that it was.

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Tired Tuesday

Posted: September 1, 2020 in Animals
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Horses don’t actually sleep standing up, but they doze a lot in that position. Try that without falling over! But a horse can easily due to something you don’t have.

But how can a horse snooze while standing? Horses have a unique anatomical mechanism in their hind legs called the stay apparatus. This allows a horse’s knee cap to pop out of place and lock the hind limb in a standing position. Although it sounds painful, in horses, it’s no problem at all. When dozing while standing, this stay apparatus will lock in place in only one hind leg; the other hind limb will be relaxed. Often, the horse appears to be leaning on one hip. The Spruce Pets

When a horse is in that position, we say it’s hip shot.

Sometimes, though, you just have to take a rest, even in the middle of the corral.

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A few days ago, my morning walk was other-worldly as I walked in a literal fog. If you look in the very bottom of the river, you’ll see the shape and shadow of a lone heron surrounded by geese. The fog lent an air of Impressionism to the shot.

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Last week as I was just about at the end of a lovely solitary walk, I looked up to see another walker on the trail. I stopped and eased my phone out, but I was evidently not perceived as a threat as s/he kept coming slowly before taking the path that went off to the right.

Thanks to Deborah at Circadianreflections for the “Wild Wednesday” idea.

Nuts!

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When I’m doing a photo walk, I don’t walk too quickly so as not to miss anything. That paid off this day as I came around a bend and saw this young buck. We both froze, I lifted my camera and started taking shots, he came toward me, then gradually relaxed enough to even start to graze… until a cyclist came pedaling from behind him. In a few seconds he was far enough into the meadow that I couldn’t even see his antlers.

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Got it!

Posted: September 11, 2019 in Animals
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