Ignore the video (it’s unclear), and appreciate the audio of these mantled howler monkeys (Alouatta palliata) calling in Palo Verde last year.
Not quite a dramatic as previous sunrises, but here’s the last sunrise I created a timelapse of from the peak of the Guayacan trail in Palo Verde in 2017. We got a late start (not mentioning any names, Barkley), so there was quite a bit of light by the time we reached the peak and I set the camera up.
A full frame version created from my camera:
A timelapse of the same sunrise, created a few minutes earlier with a locked exposure—the images became over-exposed quite quickly…
A timelapse video of cloud movement in the valley as seen from the top of Cerro Chai in Las Alturas. Created from 299 photos at 1 sec intervals for about 5 minutes.
A full framed version.
A version created by my camera—an Olympus TG-4.
A few years ago I featured some Bird’s Nest Fungus – a basidiomycete that looks a bit like a bird’s nest with eggs. Here are a few images with a different camera and macro ratio.
A few more images of the tiger beetle (Carabidae, Cicindelinae, Pseudoxycheila tarsalis) commonly found in Las Cruces.
Cristian braves handling it—the serrated jaws pierce his skin. There is a horn extending from the labrum that is also serrated.
A quick video of the larger Phrynosoma douglassi.
We discovered a few Short Horned Lizards, Phrynosoma douglassi, on Mormon Mountian south of Flagstaff, Arizona (my best guess at the identification) while hiking around.
Many Phrynosoma are capable of squirting blood from their eyes—a defensive mechanism that deters predators, such as small dogs and cats, from killing the lizards in a substantial percentage of encounters, according to a discussion with George Middendorf I had after meeting him in a diversity workshop at Las Cruces Biological Station. George has quantitatively characterized and reviewed the gruesome squirting!
While I didn’t get a chance to observe the squirting, and I didn’t provoke the animals with that purpose, they also flatten out quite a bit when handled!
A pair of green anoles, Anolis carolinensis, mating on the fence outside of my home.