Pictures from the various trips of the summer

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Here are some photos from last summer, covering both my many days spent in Snowbird, my trip south with my family, and the trip when I basically went the same way with my friends as I had done two weeks before with my parents. I haven’t bothered to name all of these plants or animals, but leave this as an exercise to my readers.

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Elk (Cervus canadensis) at Grand Canyon.

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Agave (Agave sp.) at Grand Canyon.

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Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum) at Liberty Park.

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California Quail (Callipepla californica) near home.

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Yellow-Bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris) at Snowbird.

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A species of Hawk Moth (Sphingidae) in Red Butte Canyon.

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Some sort of lizard…

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Another (?) sort of lizard… I still haven’t learned how to tell the lizards here apart, despite having an excellent field guide with lots of pictures…

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Uintah Chipmunk (?) (Tamias umbrinus) — There are lots of chipmunks and they all look the same… This one is from Moab.

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Black-cinned Hummingbird, female (Archolochus alexandri near Flagstaff.

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The male of the same species, from the same feeder.

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A HUGE wasp!

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A species of Wood-rush (?) (Luzula) from Zion.

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A Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) from Zion.

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I have no field guide for toad. This is the only toad I’ve seen since I came here! maybe even the only amphibian!

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A Spider Wasp (Pompilidae) in Zion.

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Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel (Callospermophilus lateralis) in Bryce Canyon.

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The same one. This is what happens when you feed squirrels: they get really close to your camera.

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Only snake I’ve seen so far, but I have no idea what it is. I have no field guide for snakes… The photo is from Bryce Canyon.

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Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel again.

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Uintah Chipmunk, again, I think. Both this and the last picture are from Bryce Canyon.

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Golden-Mantled.

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Uintah.

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Some sort of lizard.

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A Damselfly (Zygoptera); again, no field guide… The picture is from Calf Creek Canyon.

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Galls of an unidentified insect.

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A bumblebee (Bombus), but no field guide…

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Yellow-bellied Marmot again, this time from Capitol Reef.

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Grasshopper (Orthoptera) from the University Campus. I have a field guide for this, but can’t be bothered as there are LOTS of grasshoppers here…

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Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) from Green River.

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Mormon Tea Ephedra from Moab.

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Unidentified lizard from Monument Valley.

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Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) from Grand Canyon.

So it seems I could be bothered to name them after all!

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