I have updated this post from March 5, 2017, to “relearn” WordPress; and in doing so, I added a new link to the “Silkhenge Spider” and removed the old one 🙂
October 13, 2016: Site Seeing by Boat – An Excellent way to view the Lava at its newest Ocean entry!
The night before; “I’m setting the alarm clock early enough to leave for Hilo by what time?” was my slow, incredulous question. When the answer was, “2:00 o’clock am,” I took a long pause to consider what that would mean for me 😮
The Answer… “Very little sleep!” 😐 …
Then I thought, “Wait, Andy will be driving. I can sleep on the way!” And I Did! 😀 “To the Flow by Sea”, Andy’s recount of this drive to Hilo and beyond.
Photographed on Mt Wrightson!
My friend, Dean Salman (http://www.greatscenery.com), captured this GORGEOUS photograph of a Yarrow’s Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus jarrovi) near the summit of Mt. Wrightson while hiking on October 11, 2009!
They are generally found in Southeast Arizona and Southwest New Mexico, also into Mexico (ref: National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Reptiles & Amphibians, Pages 522-523 and Plates 353, 1979).
This link to the Online Field Guide to The Reptiles and Amphibians of Arizona Website by Thomas C. Brennan, has some extensive information about them, as well as many others found in Arizona.
While occasionally found at elevations as low as 4,200 feet, these all-too-tame lizards are usually seen between elevations of 5,000 – 10,000 feet. It was a young one of these interesting lizards that Andy had to help me remove from my left index finger in our backyard at Sycamore house in Tucson, Arizona in early 2005. 🙂
It was acting out defensively since it was about to be terrorized to death by Little Miss (A gray stray, outdoor kitty that adopted us in 2004); and I had just rescued it from her, so it didn’t make the distinction of threat versus safety. At some point, I hope to find the picture of it ‘latched’ onto my finger that was taken with a film camera and is now buried ‘safely’ in an archival file!?!… :-O
We are not sure how it came to be in our backyard; but our house was close enough to the Catalina Mountains that it is likely that it made a prior escape from a would be predator; such as, the avian type or of the human kind. It is an answer we will never receive… 😐
Originally posted to GadgetGypsy.Xanga.com on November 16, 2008 at 22:08. Originally posted here on May 24, 2009 at 21:52 with an updated train of thought and altered phrasing. Now Updated again with some new information…
In November 2008, I experienced a ‘wild hair’ and decided to learn some Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) Web Design for a Weblog! Now. If you know me … you KNOW that I HATE programming even though I can usually puzzle it out; but some how I have taken new interest in Web Design since I started my first Blog on Xanga and after seeing what was possible from viewing AND reading the posts at Darkerview.com!
However, I WILL NOT refer to CSS as ‘programming’ any more than I will EVER give in to the construct that Pluto is no longer classified as a planet!!!! Since, for me, CSS is not as abstract and confusing as the programming (in ‘C’ language) that I had to take for my Management Information Systems / Operations Management (MIS/OM) Bachelors of Science (BS) degree at The University of Arizona (UA) with all the ‘for’ and ‘if; then’ statements that usually ended up in a nasty looping mess every time I first wrote a program!?!?!? It took me waaaay tooooo long to get it fixed, and I was usually disappointed in how little I had accomplished with all those lines of code :-O
So: I asked Andy, my husband and my best friend, to teach me the basics on setting up and configuring my own blog with my own domain where I have more extensive room for creativity! I continue to request help when I get stuck (it is nice to have such a knowledgeable, interactive reference so handy). Thus, my new Blog of my own domain was ‘born’: GadgetGypsy.com! Andy is an excellent tutor; but please don’t tell him that I said so … His job at Keck Observatories keeps his head in the clouds enough without the compliments going to his head as well ;-D
For those of you who have been asking: The name ‘GadgetGypsy’ came from my college days that started in Air Force Technical Training. I like the new, intriguing electronic gadgets that come available on the market; and I obtain them for the ‘learning’ opportunity that they provide as well as the fascination that they instill as I figure out their capabilities and functions. Through experience of buying too early, I have also learned to exhibit patience (VERY hard for me to do); and wait a generation or two before I buy-in. I still forget myself on occasion and the hard lesson is once again driven home when I ‘impulse’ buy a new technology that still needs to be debugged! Although painful and sometimes pricey, the lessons are still good and valuable experience!
You are invited to drop by here to check it out often! But be warned; I am, and will be, learning the intricacies of CSS for quite a while as I get GadgetGypsy.com configured to my liking. Please don’t let the constant changes (or occasional changes as I approach my ideal) turn you off or scare you away; OR keep you from providing me valid, constructive and valuable feedback and comments!
I like the community at Xanga still; and the Photo Contest at iliveinmycamera is, to me, a ‘not-to-be-missed’ blogger-tunity if you have the time to take and post the weekly photo assignments! So, I will still keep GadgetGypsy.Xanga.com open and active. I will not be using it as much as I was; and other than the occasional posting here and there, about or to, the Photo Contest or something related to my Xanga friends, or regarding a new post to check out at GadgetyGypsy.com, I will be putting my Picts, Vid Clips, and main posts on GadgetGypsy.com.
See you over here (GadgetGypsy.com) AND over there (GadgetGypsy.Xanga.com)! They are both (or at least GadgetGypsy.com still is) RSS feed capable so you can subscribe to it/them through your RSS Reader. (Update; 12/27/2015: the unofficial Photo Contest was no longer running when last I was there; but another may have opened up)
Aloha and Happy Blogging! –GG