Little Bear Scarab Beetle

The Little Bear Beetle is in the genus Paracotalpa and ranges throughout the western united states principally in the drier regions of the great basin from Southern Washington south to Northern California and Nevada.

That Fuzzy body is what gave them the common name Little-Bear.

Little-Bear in a little bush on a early spring day.

Just minding your own business

A male Cinnamon Teal swims by looking ahead while we quietly sit and enjoy the view. Those days spent photographing wildlife, just sitting letting things swim, fly or walk by are some of our favorites.

Observing and being observed yet each going about their own business so to speak.

Quiet days in noisy times make for respite we all need.

Wishing you a wonderful and quiet weekend.

Common Side-blotched Lizard

Although they may had been just a bit too large I felt like reaching down and handing this little Side-blotched Lizard my sunglasses as they made their way out from the dark crevasse in the rocks into the bright afternoon sunlight. The Side-blotched lizard is one of the most commonly seen lizards in the drier regions of the western United State. These small lizards are between 4-6 inches in length and coloration can vary greatly.


The Chukar , pronounced choo-karr. is a game bird introduced to North America and New Zealand from Eurasia. The Chukar typically inhabits high, dry and rocky terrain in Western North America. We have occasionally gotten a glance and sometimes a quick photo of them while out and about in the great basin region of the United States but our encounters were always short and to the point. That all changed a week ago.

While sipping our morning coffee this lone Chukar wandered into our yard. Probably an escapee from a bird dog training session or from a hunting ranch. This day we had a chance to observe and photograph this bird up close and for several hours as it hung around most of the day and into the early evening.

It was fun to get a good look at this Chukar however by days end they had wandered off into the sunset.

Sue and Lou return

For the last few years a fine pair of Mallard Ducks have chosen to share a small local pond with us. We have named the pair Sue and Lou and they have become fine friends indeed. This day we found Lou sitting quietly waiting out a middle-May snow storm.

Sue enjoying the early evening light just a few days after the snow.

Welcome back and here’s to a fine summer.