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Roadrunner In Olive Tree   Leave a comment

Roadrunner in Olive Tree

Almost Blown Off  the Limb by Strong Gust of Wind — Images by kenne

Roadrunner on limb

Checking out the olive tree —

Ornate tree lizards.

Looking all around

A windy day in the tree

Safer on the ground

— kenne

In The Desert, Only Golfers Walk On Grass   1 comment

Desert Golf Course — Image by kenne

Lizard don’t golf

Does anyone here remember
heat dancing off the sand
living land

the shifting dunes of september
now entombed in golf course green
so obscene

travelers came to see desert sights
searching for exotic places
empty spaces

stayed for warm days, star filled nights
building homes in paradise
closed eyes

banished the desert from its place
visitors need a permit to pass
keep off grass

Made a playground from the empty space
golfs a game anyone may play
they say

claiming a course is better than the desert waste
but the lizards who paid
never played

— Luann Pfost

Zebra-Tailed Lizard   Leave a comment

Zebra-Tailed Lizard (Callisaurus draconoides) — Image by kenne

Zebra-tailed lizards are the fastest lizards in the desert. They have an odd habit of curling their tail
over their back, thus revealing the striping, and then waving it slowly from side to side. The most widely
accepted theory is that this lulls their predators like a hypnotist’s watch, which prevents them from reacting
quickly when the zebra-tailed lizard suddently zips away.
Source: wildherps.com

Greater Earless Lizard Sunning On Rock   Leave a comment

Greater Earless Lizard Sunning On Rock — Images by kenne

“Mad dogs and Englishmen,” said British playwright Noel Coward in his famous ditty of 1932, “go out in the midday sun.”
So, too, he might have added, does the greater earless lizard, which seems to relish the midday sun of mid-summer
in the rocky, sandy desert terrain of the northern Chihuahuan and northeastern Sonoran Deserts. 
— Source: desertusa.com/

 

Desert Spiny Lizard   Leave a comment

Desert Spiny Lizard, Sweetwater Wetlands Park, Tucson, Arizona — Image by kenne

Desert Spiny Lizard   1 comment

Desert Spiny Lizard — Image by kenne

We have been experiencing some warmer spring weather here in the desert,
so more lizards are on the move

— kenne

Eastern Collared Lizard   1 comment

Eastern Collared Lizard — Image by kenne

With fall in the air,
lizards will be out of sight
only to be seen on a rock
in the desert sunlight —
it’s the natural 
order of things.

— kenne

Gila Monster Close-up   1 comment

Gila Monster Close-up — Image by kenneturner.com

“Gila monsters have beaded scales in colorful patterns. Gila monsters are
the largest lizards native to the United States. They get their name from
Arizona’s Gila River basin, where they were first discovered. 
Gila monsters are also one of only two venomous lizards in the world.”

I Spotted An Old Friend   1 comment

Eastern collared lizardEastern Collared Lizard — Images by kenne

Eastern collared lizard

Eastern collared lizard

 

 

Collared Lizard   1 comment

Eastern Collared Lizard-72Eastern Collared Lizard (April 2011) — Image by kenne

Sunning on a rock

Most colorful of lizards

Pose for me, baby.

— kenne

Lizard Walk In Sabino Canyon   1 comment

The last Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalist (SCVN) Lizard took place on October 12th.
It was a perfect fall morning for a lizard walk. However,
some lizards may have not agreed since the number of sightings were low.
Still, it was a beautiful morning for a nature walk.

Lizard Walk October 2019-72.jpgNaturalists Tom Skinner and Fred Heath welcome the walkers in front of the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center.

Lizard Walk October 2019-3-72.jpgEveryone gathers near lizard spotter off the trail,

Lizard Walk October 2019 Common Side-blocked-72.jpga common side-blotched lizard.

Lizard Walk October 2019-4-72Naturalists Bill and Lousie Kaufman share information on the common side-bloched lizard.
— Images by kenne

 

In the parched path 
I have seen the good lizard 
(one drop of crocodile) 
meditating. 
With his green frock-coat 
of an abbot of the devil, 
his correct bearing 
and his stiff collar, 
he has the sad air 
of an old professor. 
Those faded eyes 
of a broken artist, 
how they watch the afternoon 
in dismay!

-- from "The Old Lizard" by Federic Garcia Lorca

Mountain Spiny Lizard   Leave a comment

Mountain Spinny Lizard (1 of 1)-3 blogMountain Spiny Lizard or Yarrow’s Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus jarrovii) — Image by kenne

The Mountain Spiny Lizard can be found in the southeastern portion of Arizona — in this image, the Santa Rita Mountains. They live in mountain areas of oak and pine forests above 5,000 feet in elevation. This one is more colorful than most I have seen — usually bland in color. Therefore, I had to photograph him.

— kenne

“Two Lizards”   Leave a comment

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Lizard-1031 blog“Two Lizards” (Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum) — Images by kenne

Another Sign Of Spring   Leave a comment

Eastern Collared Lizard-spring-2013-96-blog.jpgEastern Collared Lizard — Image by kenne

Another sign of spring in the desert are our reptile friends, most scurrying about making it difficult to photograph. But not the eastern collared lizard (Crotaphytus collaris), who like to pose for you on a nearby rock. 

Welcome back, my friend — it is spring time in the Sonoran desert.

kenne

Here’s Looking At You   Leave a comment

heres-looking-at-you-blog“Here’s Looking At You” — Image by kenne

 

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