Meet the Neighbors
One of the many pleasures of moving to Deep Springs Valley has been making the acquaintance of the locals. Our most notable residents are the black toads, Bufo exsul, an endemic species that lives only at the springs near Deep Springs Lake. They’re very small (pictures actually tend to exaggerate their size somewhat), but quite attractive, and it’s a privilege to have an endemic species here that doesn’t require a Ph.D. to identify, but can be seen amiably hopping around.
Here’s a wide view of their habitat, where the greenery from the springs meets the dry playa of Deep Springs Lake:
Also from Deep Springs Lake, an excellent dragonfly:
These dark Sceloporus lizards are very abundant:
Here’s a local who dropped by our place one morning:
An Argiope spider (Argiope aurantia?) found in a nearby canyon:
Notable creatures I haven’t yet photographed: the pretty orange Panamint rattlesnakes, coyotes (one of which we saw being vigorously chased by a redtail), kestrels, other trickier-to-identify hawks and falcons, nightjars and great horned owls. I’m hardly a serious wildlife photographer, but there’s plenty to work on out here. But for now, have another toad!