Here’s a video with two clips (with audio) a little over a month apart showing a white-tailed deer with her fawn…  So cute!  In the first clip the monsoon rains had not really started, but in the second clip you can see how much greener the desert is:


This evening I was out wandering in the desert just looking smelling hearing feeling the world around me when I stumbled upon this gila monster.  After so many seasons of watching wildlife I’ve noticed that the way I usually run into interesting critters these days is by not looking for them, but just walking along or sitting, enjoying the world.  Then, what often happens, is that my eyes tend to notice a pattern out of place, either directly or peripherally, before my conscious mind does and suddenly there appears, in this case, a gila monster that my conscious occupied mind would have walked right past.

Gila Monster ~ copyright g. joder


bats!

24Aug14

OK…  these shots took some time to gather since the bats would come and go, but it was well worth the time and enjoyment.  The century pant, Agave americana, in my yard bloomed last month and tonight I spent some time hanging out in the dark below its blossoms.  The following photos show the pollination action going on in the dark:

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sphinx moth and bat … copyright g. joder

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Sphinx moth … copyright g. joder

 


Here are a couple fun wildlife and monsoon related photos and videos I’ve created from events from the last few days:

coopers hawk with prey ~ copyright g. joder

desert spiny lizard ~ copyright g. joder

Gray fox, jack rabbit, javelina and white-tailed deer:

The Rillito in Tucson flooding today:


I now have several trail cameras set up in various locations with the main hope of catching larger predators such as mountain lions or bobcats and other distinct species like a coatimundi.  So I was surprised to see that one of the cameras caught a brief glimpse of a black bear (video copyright g. joder):


lizards

17Aug14

A friend pointed out that I take a lot of photos of lizards.  Maybe she’s right…

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Here’s a few peaceful video clips I took on my way through Moab Utah earlier this month:




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