November 17&30, 2012 Clipper Mountain Wilderness

On these trips we saw a redtail hawk, multiple coves of quails, several flocks of smaller birds, desert cottontail rabbits, several lizards and a dead lizard that, most likely, had been impaled on a branch by a loggerhead shrike. We saw a painted lady butterfly and several other butterflies. There was a slow moving western patch nosed snake early one morning. There were many spiders with orb webs containing central egg cases.

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Providence Mountain



October 5, 2012 Arc Dome Twin Rivers


We came to South Twin River where it there were clear rapids flowing over irregular rock suggesting a mountain trout stream. On close observation there were several minnows and a few fingerlings seen. A lovely grassy stream bank was just right for dipping feet in the water and lying back in the sun while nibbling a tasty snack.

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Fall colors





August 31, 2012 Stillwater Two Falls


“Look, Bob” Pov exclaimed excitedly. She had stopped when she saw a black tongue flicking at the edge of the trail. She was a few steps back from a moving snake which it struck across the trail about 45° away from her. Then it turned back across the trail and briskly moved into the brush while rattling with its raised tail.

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Mojave Rattlesnake