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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Road Trip, Day 3 (Pt. 3); Carlsbad, NM

Here are some of the land-based animals to be seen at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park in Carlsbad, NM. I don't recall the names of all of the animals--apologies in advance!

A visitor to our own yard back home early on in our ownership, a gray fox (sleeping.)

Western diamondback rattlesnake.

Neither antelope nor deer, pronghorns are in their own scientific family. We saw quite a few of them in the wild on our drives between locations.


Prairie dog.

Red diamondback rattlesnake.

Mexican wolf.

Javelina, aka "collared peccary."


American bison.

There were also elk at the park, but I have better pictures of elk taken in a much more interesting location. We also got to see some in the wild on our drive.

Next up, a bit of history; the C.B. Eddy house.

In other news, Goodnight, Spirit. You did a truly wonderful job! Much closer to home, we've spotted the first fledgling of the season; a red-bellied woodpecker.

19 comments:

Michelle Basic Hendry said...

Amazing shots of the snakes...!

Charles Gramlich said...

That bottom lizard is some kind of spiny lizard. I'll have to look it up.

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful series of critter photos. I really like the pronghorn and the prairie dogs. Great collection of photos, Lana!

Lana Gramlich said...

Michelle & eileeninmd; Thanks. :)

Charles; There are SO many kinds of lizards out that way. I found the search almost impossible. <:\

*Honest Abe said...

You really did get a neat variety of wildlife photos in this set and post. I like them all but my favorite is always going to be the buffalo. Sixty million of them were slaughtered, mostly for their tongues. I did a book about that once.

Kelly said...

Wow. You took some amazing animal shots on your trip, Lana. You must have been on this trip for awhile to take all of these. They're so natural.

PeaceLoveandSharpies said...

These are amazing!
Love le snake. :D

troutbirder said...

I'm keeping a close eye on all this Lana cuz my son and family are moving to Mesa Ariz. And I suspect we'll be traveling thru and visiting the southwest in the years ahead quite a bit. :)

YogaforCynics said...

Wow, you're good at finding wildlife to photograph (not to mention actually getting them on film) (or whatever the digital equivalent of "on film" is)...then, maybe you're just better at keeping still than I am...

Lana Gramlich said...

*Honest Abe; Thanks. :) Yes, the slaughter of the buffalo was sinful...

Kelly & YogaforCynics; Thanks. Zoos make animal photos much easier, of course. *L*

PeaceLoveandSharpies; Thank you. :)

troutbirder; The US SW is really fantastic. Your son's family won't be disappointed!

Heather Landry said...

There you go creeping me out with the snakes again! Your photos are so great that scrolling down can be quite startling. LOL My favorite is the prairie dog photo!

Erik Donald France said...

Hey Lana,

Cool beans -- beautiful shots! That Javelina is really interesting, but they all are ~~

Rico Swaff said...

Taking some of these had to have been a total adrenaline rush... especially the snakes, wolf and the collared peccary.

Lana Gramlich said...

Heather; Thanks. There was also a prairie dog pup, but my photo came out kind of blurry. Sorry about the snakes--I know they're not for everyone!

Erik; Thank you. :)

Rico Swaff; They were all cool to see, for sure. Fortunately most of them were behind glass or fencing!

soccer said...

nice post.. great blog. success for you

Cloudia said...

the rattlers make me shiver!




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Lana Gramlich said...

Thank you, soccer and Cloudia. :)

Larry said...

Wow! ots of animals! Interesting mouth detail on the pronghorn.That prarie dog doesn't look like he has a lot of concerns on his mind.

Lana Gramlich said...

Larry; The prairie dogs were really cool. Overall the park was awesome. :)

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