Many people I have known hate scorpions as pests or are afraid of them, fearing their sting. Anyone who has read my blog will understand that I am exactly the opposite. I can’t see a scorpion without running towards it and getting a closer look. Scorpions make decent pets, as long as you don’t mind having an animal that will not love you, care for you, or even tolerate your presence. Continue reading
I love baking bread, and I eat a lot of it. Unfortunately, my usual recipe takes a fair number of hours to complete, so I normally only bake on the weekends. That means that by the end of the week, I am either out of bread, or the remaining bread has gone stale. I decided to try a new recipe that is scheduled around my workday. Continue reading
Hiking around the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains this morning, I experienced a real treat: my first wild Gila Monster. I was walking around, looking for bugs, when I heard scratching sounds coming from a bush to my right. I looked down, and saw a Gila Monster walking towards me. I stood still to let it pass, but it saw me and turned right around. Continue reading
I was at an oriental market the other day and found a package in the seafood freezer labeled “Cooked Silk Worm” and could not resist. It seemed way to far up my alley not to try. My alley is a strange, twisted place… Continue reading
There are 51 species of scorpions that can be found in Arizona, out of the 80 or so species in the United States. All scorpions can sting, and all have venom in their sting, but very few species are considered are medically significant, meaning that they have caused fatalities. Most scorpions hide under stones during the day, so me being me, I went out into the canyon and turned over stones to look for them. Continue reading
Today was a day of baking and hiking for me. I had the day off, so I made several loaves of bread, and went up a trail in a local canyon. Continue reading
Exciting news! I have just moved to Tucson, AZ! While I have been volunteering in the aquarium industry for a while now, I just got a real, full-time position at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. I drove from California to Tucson yesterday, so today was my first full day here. To celebrate, I went on a nature walk and decided to start the Homesteading Hippy back up with the pictures I took. Continue reading
Yesterday, I described the process of collecting and cleaning wild Milk Snails, an invasive species in Southern California. Today, I want to share the recipe I used to cook them. Continue reading
***Warning – Some pictures and descriptions may be a bit graphic***
Over the last few weeks, I have successfully collected, prepared, and eaten my own escargots. Here in Southern California, we have an invasive snail known as the Milk Snail, genus Otala, imported from the Mediterranean. Since the climate here is very similar to Spain and North Africa, they took off and have been doing massive damage to agriculture. They are also one of the species used for human consumption.
I know I haven’t been updating as often as I would like, but here is a collection of the pictures I have taken recently, just to prove I’m still around. These pictures are all up on iNaturalist as well, for those of you who read my last post.
A male and a female Western Black Widow. The male is attempting to approach her to mate. In this species, cannibalism is rare, and males and females have been recorded living peacefully in the same nest.
A Marbled Godwit ending his photo-shoot.
I hope-you enjoy these shots, they’re a few of my favorites from the past couple of weeks.
~The Homesteading Hippy