Thursday, May 10, 2012

Day 3 - the game you cannot help but play

So usually Carrizzo plains national monument looks like this in the spring.
This year it looks more like this since there was so little rain.

Ranger Adam said that a couple of flowers were just starting to pop this weekend but they were the kind that weren't pretty but did produce a lot of pollen.
Saw this little guy,

which is really different from the skinks and usual trail lizards of the bay
Then I almost stepped on this guy.

Not sure if it was a rattler or not. The head didn't have a diamond shape and the tail was hidden in the grass.
Those of you who've come across good sized potential poisonous slitherers while hiking know that the rest of the day is spent playing the game "stick? Or snake?" It's hours of involuntary distraction.

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