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Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
UL Creatures on 09/13/2011 20:24:47 MDT Print View

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Mean Alligator lizard, Deer Lake Emigrant Wilderness

Sabine Schroll
(sabi) - MLife
Guy from Finland on 09/14/2011 04:18:32 MDT Print View

A baby lemming

Baby Lemming

Manfred Kopisch
(Orienteering) - F
Mountain Yellow-legged Frog on frozen Wanda Lake on 09/14/2011 06:49:42 MDT Print View

When hiking the JMT this summer we saw many "UL creatures" and my kids took many photos of deer, butterflies, bugs, lizards, etc. One amazing sight this year were the frogs hopping on the ice of Wanda Lake at 11,426 ft right below Muir Pass. My favorite photos is this one of two mating frogs in amplexus on the ice. They seem to be frozen in more than one sense of the word.

Manfred

Mountain yellow-legged Frogs in Amplexus on Ice of frozen Wanda Lake

Rog Tallbloke
(tallbloke) - F

Locale: DON'T LOOK DOWN!!
Andorran Izard on 09/23/2011 16:49:40 MDT Print View

Shy beasts. They stood stock still as we descended towards them, vanishing silently as we passed a boulder which obscured our view for a few seconds.

.izard

They grow to about three feet long, 18" at the withers.

jennifer ross
(jenhifive) - F

Locale: Norcal
Pica on 09/23/2011 17:06:16 MDT Print View

After a pass on the jmt.Pica

Eli .
(Feileung) - F
Castle Rock State Park: California Kingsnake on 09/26/2011 23:28:44 MDT Print View

~ 6:30pm last Friday in Castle Rock State Park. Walking down the trail alone with a rock face to my right; a rattler rattled directly in my ear. I flew 10 feet forward and landed in this guys lap (the rattle snake dropped off the rock where I'd been and slithered into the brush on the other side of the trail).

California Mountain Kingsnake

Edited by Feileung on 09/26/2011 23:55:34 MDT.

Antti Peltola
(anttipeltola) - F
Finnish owl on 09/27/2011 02:46:34 MDT Print View

Not so UL as this bird was huge.

Snowy owl

Sorry that I could not get a better quality pic... it was probably a snowy owl, which are considered "Critically endangered" in Finland. We saw this bird eating at least two lemmings within only 15 minutes last week so perhaps Sabine's "guy from Finland" got a date with a hot chick :-o

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Castle Rock State Park: California Kingsnake on 09/27/2011 23:22:33 MDT Print View

Jim, I believe that is a California Mountain Kingsnake, Lampropeltis zonata. If you don't stick the Mountain in there, people assume that you are talking about a Common Kingsnake which has no red.

If you like snakes, that one is a real beauty.

--B.G.--

Ryan Krause
(rmkrause)

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Pura Vida UL on 09/27/2011 23:33:22 MDT Print View

From Costa Rica:

Blue Morphos Butterfly - all over the place in CR
Blue Morphos

Wandering Spider - biologist caught it while we were in the rain forest - venomous and one of only a few spiders that pose a threat to humans
Wandering Spider

Leaf cutter ants - a lot of fun to watch
Leaf Cutter Ants

Ryan Krause
(rmkrause)

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Not so UL on 09/27/2011 23:37:42 MDT Print View

Mountain goat in Alpine Lakes Wilderness near Lake Ingalls

Mountain Goat

Eli .
(Feileung) - F
doh on 09/28/2011 00:35:31 MDT Print View

Bob:

Whoops, that's what I meant! Honestly I thought it was a Coral Snake at first but the ranger I described it to set me straight. He said he'd only seen one.

Being from Oregon I'd never seen such a colorful snake in the wild (well, a Wagler's Pit Viper(?) once but that's still not as flashy as the Mountain King Snake).Wagler's Pit Viper

Edited by Feileung on 09/28/2011 01:02:27 MDT.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: doh on 09/28/2011 01:05:58 MDT Print View

"Honestly I thought it was a Coral Snake at first "

1. A coral snake is red and black and _yellow_.
2. Coral snakes do not exist within a thousand miles of California. I saw a lot of them in Louisiana.

I'm a little jumpy about snakes right now. I almost stepped on a rattlesnake today.

--B.G.--

Mark Primack
(Bufa) - MLife

Locale: Cape Cod and Northern Newfoundland
Beautiful mountain goat pic on 09/28/2011 06:42:37 MDT Print View

Hey Ryan, Beautiful mountain goat pic. Don't know if you read the story here a few weeks ago about the fellow who was followed and then killed by one. The dude had complained about goats following him to the rangers before. I think it must have been really bad karma or he smelled all too much like a male goat!

Rog Tallbloke
(tallbloke) - F

Locale: DON'T LOOK DOWN!!
Ladybugs again on 09/28/2011 07:18:53 MDT Print View

Testing the macro function on my new acquisition - an olympus E-410 DSLR

.ladybug-oly

Taken in bright sunlight with the 17.5-45 kit lens I got with my bargain shooter.

Edited by tallbloke on 09/28/2011 07:20:03 MDT.

te - wa
(mikeinfhaz) - F

Locale: Phoenix
Re: Re: doh on 09/28/2011 09:20:25 MDT Print View

1. A coral snake is red and black and _yellow_.
2. Coral snakes do not exist within a thousand miles of California. I saw a lot of them in Louisiana.

not so fast.. they can also have yellow so pale, it appears white - but it isnt the colors that matter, its the fact that the body rings completely encircle the animal.
and, the Coral snakes around here prove that second statement untrue.
http://www.reptilesofaz.org/Snakes-Subpages/h-m-euryxanthus.html

Rog Tallbloke
(tallbloke) - F

Locale: DON'T LOOK DOWN!!
Hopper close-up on 10/10/2011 03:14:17 MDT Print View

Hoping Miguel might help identify this big boy. About 2" long.

.hopper2

Edited by tallbloke on 10/10/2011 03:18:04 MDT.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
UL Creatures on 10/12/2011 21:23:12 MDT Print View

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Mt. Diablo with a gopher snake.

Rog Tallbloke
(tallbloke) - F

Locale: DON'T LOOK DOWN!!
agile terns on 10/16/2011 11:46:01 MDT Print View

terns


I'm starting to get the hang of the Olympus E-410. This was taken using shutter speed priority at 1/400 sec on an overcast day in the English Lake District.

BER ---
(BER) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
UL creatures on 11/19/2011 14:08:02 MST Print View

Dall Sheep, Denali AK
Dall

Sea Lion, Valdez AK
Sea lion1

Black Bear, Seward AK
Black Bear1

Ptarmigan, Hope AK
Ptarmigan

Dragon Fly, BWCAW
Dragonfly

Edited by BER on 11/19/2011 14:09:47 MST.

b willi jones
(mrjones) - F

Locale: best place in the world !?
ul creatures on 12/14/2011 22:56:19 MST Print View

kea

the Kea, the worlds only alpine parrot, at Mackinnon Pass, Milford Track, New Zealand

Edited by mrjones on 12/14/2011 23:03:27 MST.