A couple more panoramas from Red Rock Canyon; Click to enlarge.
Monthly Archives: June 2012
Calico Tanks Trail
They were just teasing me.
Western fence lizard
The third species in Sceloporus for me. While common at the Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area, it didn’t appear that they were in breeding season, since I didn’t see any colorful males.
Edit: May be Uta stansburiana, Common Side-blotched Lizard.
Mexican Rush. I’m not positive on this identification, but it was certainly interesting to see given that it’s a wetland plant in the Mojave Desert. There are a few ‘tanks’ or temporary ponds that form along the landscape during the wet season, and they support wetland fauna and flora. While I’m not intimately familiar with it, there is work on the ecology of aquatic taxa in intermittently flooded systems like these.
Sad and wet
Edit: Likely Purshia stansburyana Stansbury’s Cliffrose.