Thursday, February 2, 2012
The Unexpected Pleasures of Dragonflying
One of the great things about dragonflying is that it gets you out into some beautiful wild areas where you never know what you'll find. On one of our dragonflying trips we saw this beautiful Eastern Collared Lizard ( ) on a rocky outcrop near the road. This was a large lizard – the largest and most colorful I've ever seen in Arizona. The intense electric blue of its body was dazzling in the sunlight, and the yellow "booties" on its feet provided a striking contrast. What an incredible lizard. To get a feeling for its size, the loose rock just below its head is about the size of a person's hand.
We saw this lizard near one of our favorite dragonflying locations on Tortilla Creek, right where it crosses the road in the little "town" of Tortilla Flat. We see lots of interesting dragonflies there, including the Giant Darner, Widow Skimmer, Black Setwing, and Plateau Dragonlet.