Category: Critters

Buck Deer With Velvet Antlers

Buck Deer With Velvet Antlers

About a month ago, I ran into three buck deer in my favorite meadow in the Sandias. I wondered if they might represent three different generations of the same family, since they were all different sizes. They were very patient with me and let me hang around for almost five minutes before they took off. This was the largest of them.

These are some of the photos of the meadow that I’ve posted previously (they’re all remarkably similar):


Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary

A great spangled fritillary butterfly on bee balm in a Jemez meadow.


Male Collared Lizard

Male Collared Lizard

As I started up part of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) a few weeks ago, the thought crossed my mind, “I wonder if I’ll see a collared lizard today.” I have no idea why I thought that but bam! An hour or so later, I saw one. Then, perhaps 30-40 minutes after that, I saw a second collared lizard — this one — who actually posed for me. Both were extra-colorful males.


Western Tanager, 2022 Edition

Male Western Tanager

A male western tanager, high in the Sandia mountains.


Southwestern Orangetip Butterfly

Southwestern Orangetip Butterfly

A Southwestern orangetip nectaring on rockcress. I have always called these butterflies Sara orangetips but nowadays they’re known as Southwestern orangetips. They’re very small butterflies — and the rockcress flowers are even smaller.


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