Tuesday, July 31, 2012

More wildlife

I saw 3 scorpions the day I took this picture and was getting a little concerned. That evening I shook out my shoes and my bed very well before using. I haven't seen another one since so my concern was probably too much, although I still look carefully where I put my hands.

My Camp

Night Visitor

  While reading one evening last week this Kangaroo rat moved through my camp. It was not too concerned about my presence so I managed to get this one picture. I believe it is a Merriam's Kangaroo Rat. If someone has another idea about the identification, let me know.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Pothole Life

The pictures attached show the potholes in the rock surface on which I'm living. It's called the Esplanade and it erodes into many shapes that hold water. There are many life forms supported by this summer water including the life shown in these pictures. There are 2 shrimp species shown and toad polliwogs. The larger of the 2 shrimp species is about and inch long and the other about the same but much less bulky. All of these animals hatch, grow, reproduce, and lay eggs that resist the dry and hot environment until the next wet period.

Monsoon Moisture

We have had another week of monsoon moisture and it creates spectacular sky conditions. Here are a couple photos of the clouds and color from the past few days.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Nampaweap Petroglyphs

We visited this rock art site several days ago and these pictures represent only a small part of the petroglyphs present. The art work stretches for several hundred feet along the basalt cliff and talus field. I read it is thought to be on the route that the Anasazi and there predecessors used to access the Grand Canyon.