Odd couple



Anoles and crickets were abundant within the channel of the Río San Lorencito. The two pair here were commonly seen, and I watched one pair pictured for nearly an hour in hopes that the anole would pounce on the cricket. Unfortunately, the anole was too fearful of being prey itself to make a move. I believe the anole is Norops humilis, but since it´s a juvenile or female, I can´t be sure.  As for the cricket, perhaps I can consult Pat Lorch…

This is not a pizote (nor a pesote… and it might not even be a martilla)


Hugo is the head cook, handyman, and trail blazer at San Ramón. He’s been smoking for over 50 years (he said he started when he was seven), calls his cigarettes ‘mi agua’ on long hikes, and put us to shame whenever on such a hike. On top of displaying extreme elegance with a machete in the field (we referred to him as the ‘Manchete’ [Man + Machete]), Hugo is a phenomenal cook and naturalist. That said, I may have found a fault… he mis-identified the picture here as a pizote when looking at the picture through my camera’s LCD. I took his word for it, since I wasn’t aware that pesote is the Spanish name for Coati. After being laughed at in a lab at UCR, some student identified the mammal as a Martilla. Who knew a sixty-some year old man would have trouble looking at a picture on a 2″ camera screen…