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Arizona flowers...!

Every year I attempt to get lots of pics of flowers here to share w/ you "inmates" before I head back N to BC, and yesterday was a PDG day to do just THAT!

I left home about 1100, heading S on AZ 79 to then turn E onto the Florence-Kelvin Hwy. Dirt starts about 15 miles (or so...) E, but I turned S earlier than that, at 10 miles, onto the Barkerville Rd for 15 miles, then back W on the Freeman Rd (ANOTHER 15 miles) to AZ 79.

I can just imagine what those two dirt roads were like during the rains, so I took a couple of pics of what the now dry ruts are like, and of a 'desert denizen' making his way S across the Freeman Rd... hope you like! I ALWAYS enjoy seeing diamond-back rattle-snakes - this one was about three feet long, but as you can guess - I wasn't about to try to measure its length!

It was a VG day to go riding (aren't they ALL?), but the majority of the flower pics I got were on the verges along the various paved roads, altho' I DID get another hill-side of poppies along the Barkerville Rd.

All-in-all I rode for four hours, 140 miles, and had a pretty good day, the temp getting to 87F...! -
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I couldn't hit that snake with a shovel enough times!!!
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The desert full of life... perfect! Thanks for posting. Soon our hillsides will be a blanket of yellow flowers, but not quite so snakey.

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The desert full of life... perfect! Thanks for posting. Soon our hillsides will be a blanket of yellow flowers, but not quite so snakey.
Glenn - altho' I've never seen one, I've been assured that we have rattle-snakes in the Okanagan! And I was aware that there are many in Alberta - when my wife was in school in Lethbridge, AB, one of her school mates was bitten by one.

https://www.bcreptiles.ca/snakes/n_pacificrattle.htm

https://www.okanaganvacationguide.co...tle-snake.html


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Glenn - altho' I've never seen one, I've been assured that we have rattle-snakes in the Okanagan! And I was aware that there are many in Alberta - when my wife was in school in Lethbridge, AB, one of her school mates was bitten by one.

https://www.bcreptiles.ca/snakes/n_pacificrattle.htm

https://www.okanaganvacationguide.co...tle-snake.html

I've heard this as well. The only time I've encountered a rattler was just outside of Winslow, Az. I hear there are black widows in the OK too.

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...I hear there are black widows in the OK too.
Yup, there are.

Here's a pic I've put up on the Forum previously - this fellow was 6.5 feet long, and as big around as my forearm, noted when I 'helped get him off a local highway by kind of pushing him w/ a stick till he was clear of the road' so I visually measured him against the lane.



I was about four feet away when I took it, using telephoto.
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Yup, there are.

Here's a pic I've put up on the Forum previously - this fellow was 6.5 feet long, and as big around as my forearm, noted when I 'helped get him off a local highway by kind of pushing him w/ a stick till he was clear of the road' so I visually measured him against the lane.



I was about four feet away when I took it, using telephoto.

Gee that thing looks mean !!!!

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Gee that thing looks mean !!!!

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YUP! He can "strike" up to about HALF his body-length, which is why I was around four feet away when taking that pic.
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