Sunday, 26 July 2015
Last year I did a post about not having noticed cicadas in my yard and many of my Tucson friends were very surprised as they were deafened by them on a daily basis during the summer. Well I think I have finally worked out why I hadn't registered them here. Previously when I have lived in places where cicadas occur I am used to them being an omnipresent ear-splitting presence, providing enough decibels to make your brain bleed. OK so I may be exaggerating slightly but suffice it to say they were VERY loud. So the cicadas in my yard strike up individually, a novel concept in itself, and they call for no longer than fifteen seconds and then stop - yes I timed it! What gives? Do I have the worlds politest cicadas or what?
Wednesday, 22 July 2015
I don't see Cowbirds in my yard very often which I am not too upset about as they are notorious brood parasites. This species, the Brown-headed Cowbird is known to parasitise at least 220 different species. That being said they are part of the ecosystem so I was happy to finally be able to get a photograph of this disreputable character.
Sunday, 19 July 2015
Wednesday, 15 July 2015
Sunday, 12 July 2015
I have to believe this is the elusive Coachwhip snake. They come in numerous colour morphs and are notoriously fast. The only reason I got these two shots was that I had a big zoom and could stand half way down the drive while the snake peeped out from under the front stoop. They are odd looking creatures, very slender with a small head and when he finally decided that I was a problem he scooted off so quickly!
Wednesday, 8 July 2015
Sunday, 5 July 2015
Unless they happen to be obligingly coiled up in a neat circle, trying to photograph an entire snake is pretty tricky, usually you end up with a 'distant stick'. But I think that the beauty is in the details and so I often take close-up shots to highlight the patterns and scales. The two Gopher Snakes that frequent our patio make great models.