Scissor Tail Flycatcher at the Abilene Airport
The first horned toad of the week. He's a perky one.
Second horny toad hides out
Cowboy boots and the toad. He's quite tiny
Flattening like a pancake to look bigger
Perking up and ready to go
Adult horned toad scat. Pretty huge.
Lizard leavings- full of ants
Perspective on the leavings
Where is the toad?
Teeny little viper. Maybe a few months old.
Very pretty markings.
No rattles yet on that tail. And small enough to be a roadrunner snack
Oh- some more scat
This granddaddy has got to be the biggest horny toad yet
Hubba hubba. This guy has been around, and eaten many ants.
Another nice flower
Yellow headed blackbird
Morning light on the blackbirds and dove
Goats are an extremely common backyard animal, I'm sure they're meat goats, but who eats them?
7. You can buy a 3 bedrooom house on three acres with animal pens for $57,000 around Snyder.
8. The sun doesn't rise until around 7:30 in that part of Texas.
Flattened out and waiting for the ants to wake up
Hiding in the Yucca. A good plan, because those leaves hurt10. If you try to eat prickly pear fruit (aka tuna) watch out. The small thorns on the fruit will get under your skin and stay there. You'll be taking a little bit of Texas home with you.
The eyes, wow, they look like dragon eyes
Don't tread on me
See what I mean about the eyes?
Count the rattles
He's here, but I sure can't find him.
Ah, there he is
Praying mantis phone home
No longer praying, with front appendages extended
Very sad Badger
Loving the desert
This is a re-find of the big guy (girl?) we found yesterday. Same spot, same ant mound
The man of the territory has a nice white stripe down his back
The desert is blooming after all the rain
Mark spotted this one from the car
Lighter colored lizard
Bandit the cow
There is a tiny one here somewhere. Where is he?
Eeeny weenie baby
Little tiny one.
Hanging out tiny toad
Off to conquer the ant mound
A texan landscap
Baby lizard one of three
See how tiny?
Oh no, my calf is stuck on the other side of the fence and I can't figure out how to get to him. Mooowah
Stuck in a rut
Off to the rescue, at a clip.
Harlequin grasshoppers get busy
Brad's bachelor pad
A turtle in the desert
Slow and steady doesn't win any races, he's heading away from the only watering hole we've seen out here.
This might be the second time we've seen this lizard, in the same place, four weeks apart
Keeping an eye out
Doing a pushup
Five plus foot rat snake. Scared us for a second
This is one large lizard scat
Really nice nest
If you're on an airplane, and a passenger across the aisle is bellowing obscenities at random times, and telling crying baby's parents to 'pat it on the back and make it happen', feign sleep. This one will not be subdued and the flight is only so long.
Long horn cow sculptures at Abilene Airport
The cow looks very irritated with her calf. We drank coffee and chai tea at the Republican Headquarters of Snyder, Texas. Marianne is in charge. We didn't realize this until we were driving away and saw the banner.