Rattlesnakes!

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Rattlesnakes

Yesterday, Meredith and I went to Tucson for a quick day trip. Our first stop was Saguaro National Park, where we did a nice 2-mile hike in the beautiful desert there. It was a glorious day — clear skies, 85 degrees — and a nice change of pace from Silver City (there was ice on my windshield this morning).

Anyhoo, during our hike Meri and I heard a sound coming from the brush about 5 feet off the trail, and her keen eyes spotted these two rattlesnakes under the mesquite. They seemed to be, errr, occupied, with one another, and didn’t take too much notice as I crept closer to snaps some photos (Meri had some weird aversion to getting close, I don’t quite understand it. It’s not like they’re dangerous or anything). They appear to be diamondbacks.

More photos from the trip later.