While touring the ranch with a friend, I suggested that we check out a known rattle snake den. April and May are good months to observe snakes and the most interesting spot is at the den site where large rattlers hang out together – warming themselves and (I imagine) doing what snakes do to propagate.
A perfect snake den has a southern exposure, large rocks with cracks, brush and is often surrounded by ground squirrel colonies. The rock pile in the photo below is a perfect site.
In the above photo you can see a light colored snake and part of a darker snake laying next to it.
In the next photo (above) you can clearly see both snakes. These are large rattlers. Didn’t want to mess with them as they get very testy if you disturb them. I get nervous when they get nervous.
While talking wildflowers with a friend, he asked me for my favorite.
Having been at the ranch yesterday and having photographed quite a few flowers, I had no trouble giving him an answer. Goldfields.
Others flowers are close, but on a good year, the goldfields are unbelievable and this is a good year.
On the way home from the ranch last week, I spotted two ravens and something else in the grass about 150 yards off the road. I figured it might be something interesting so I began taking photos before I’d identified the target.
Turns out it was a golden eagle guarding a ground squirrel that it had just killed.
Eventually the eagle spotted my truck and got nervous. He took off with the squirrel in his grasp, but it wasn’t long before he dropped it.
I snapped a couple shots as he flew by.
I felt bad that he left his meal behind, but I’m sure the ravens made short work of it.
Here are a few of the best photos of the past week.
Ran into some great wildflowers at the ranch and photographed a horned lark surrounded by wildflowers. The light could have been better, but here is what I got.
In the second photo a bee jumped in.
Spotted an eagle and red-tailed hawk soaring together. The red-tail was harassing the eagle.
Here’s a blowup which demonstrates how much larger an eagle is than a red-tail.
Got a couple good turkey photos today. Here’s one of them.