Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Sunset

One of my favorite extracurricular activities of all time was participating in a biological survey on a Mexican nature preserve/ranch that is co-managed by US and Mexican conservation organizations.  A big group of 15-20 people traveled to Mexico on four separate occasions and collected, processed, and identified as many biological specimens as we could over a 3-day period.  I’d spend my days collecting aquatic insects and helping with other surveys, then we’d have a great dinner before everyone got down to sorting and IDing in the fabulous ranch house.  It was a stunningly beautiful place, especially at sunset:

Sunset at Los Fresnos

Sunset at Los Fresnos

Heaven!

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Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Fall

Fall has always been my favorite season, though I have never lived in a place that has the sort of fall where all the leaves change colors and everything takes on the glorious warm color palette that is normally associated with the season. Instead, I’ve lived in two arid regions, both of which had a “fall” that last approximately three weeks. Colorado at least had some trees that changed colors when it started getting cool (it is famous for it’s fall aspen display at higher elevations, and for good reason!), but Arizona doesn’t even give you that much. That doesn’t make fall in the desert any less beautiful though! Check out this photo of a desert grassland:

Los Fresnos grasslands

The grassland at Los Fresnos, a historic ranch turned nature preserve in Mexico along the US border with Arizona. The mountains in the background are the Huachucas.

Everything took on this lovely golden color and the air was crisp.  Just perfect, even without the red and gold leaves.

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Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Spider and Young

I was involved with a conservation-centered biological survey of a Mexican ranch a few years back and I came across this spider as we toured around setting up sampling sites:

spider with young

A spider - with spiderlings!

I didn’t notice until I looked at the photos later, but the eggs were hatching while I was there and there were baby spiders everywhere.  Super cool – and such a spectacular animal!

(If anyone knows which spider this is, I’d love to know!)

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