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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Train Crossing in Illinois - Listen to August!

Listen to August in Illinois

A train crossing between fields...
the warning bell starts to ring....

Here it comes!

Hear it go!

Listen to August 

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Visit Homes High Above Palm Springs!

Visit Some Wood Homes High Above Palm Springs!

 Mount San Jacinto State Park is over 8,000 feet high above the desert of Palm Springs, California.

 Take the tram up to look at where some little folk live!


hmmn - some little mammal's home..
 a rat?. 

 ... home for a woodpecker in a log!

 .... home for another unknown woodpecker!

 Mount San Jacinto State park!  Over a Mile and a half up from the toasty desert floor -  and a world away!

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Mongolia - Listen to the winds across the Gobi Desert

Mongolia - The Gobi Desert

As with most deserts, the Gobi has life in  miniature, and in the extremes.
 The wind is strong most of the year, so much of the plant and animal life hugs the ground. 
Listen to the wind!


The exception of course,  to ground huggers are the birds. 
They look for a high point ... but there are no trees.

Sometimes only a foot off the ground on a rock pile road marker is best you can get!

 Sunrises and sunsets are spectacular.

Ger camp "Hotels" in the Gobi. 
Way cool!  

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Backyard Breakfast Buddies - Reptile Style!

A rescued California desert tortoise  (Gopherus agassizii) gives a little buddy a ride to breakfast.

This 2 1/2 inch long baby western fence lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis) also known as a blue-belly) is only a few weeks old, scratching out a living during Southern California's summer drought.


The the tiny western fence lizard jumped from the
white stone to the tortioses' shell.
 Maybe the lizard mistook the tortoise for another rock?

Rideshare! It's one way to save energy!

Did you know that desert tortoises have pink tongues?

 and wide nostrils to sniff out food!

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This Morning in a Habitat Yard (CA desert tortoise)
Watching Lizards in Southern California (western fence lizard & southern alligator lizard)

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