Category Archives: Nature

Observations of the natural world, hiking, and the likes.

Wild Flowers and Wild Greens

The weather has been unseasonably warm the last few days, and although we’re supposed to get some more rain soon, I enjoyed a hike though Catalina State Park last weekend. Because we’ve had such a wet winter, the desert is really springing into life!

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Fun with Scorpions

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

Gila Monster

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

Scorpions (and a Gecko)

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

Desert in Bloom

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

A Collection of Nature Pictures

Hi everybody!

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.

5-Black WidowsA 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.

6-Bird on SignA Western Bluebird sitting on a sign, looking very cute.

FatalThe last moments of a honeybee, caught by an Araneus orb weaver.

17-RacoonA juvenile common raccoon looking out from between the boulders of a local jetty.

5-California Ground SquirrelA California Ground Squirrel searching for food at the tide pools during low tide.

23-Blue-clawed HermitA Blue-Band Hermit Crab, in front of a Starburst Anemone in the La Jolla Tide Pools.

22-Shore CrabStriped Shore Crab waiting patiently for me to move on.

30-Harbor SealA wave coming in to wash over a group of waiting Harbor Seals.

31-Brown PelicanCalifornia Brown Pelicans have a way of soaring with stiff wings. They barely have to flap at all to keep airborne.

12-Great Blue HeronA Great Blue Heron being disagreeable.

22-Willet… in contrast to the cultured Western Willet.

30-Whimbrel 2A Whimbrel trying to blend in with the seaweed, and succeeding.

45-Marbled Godwit 4

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

iNaturalist: A Nature Lover’s Dream Page

This is the first time I’m reviewing a website on this blog, but it’s a very special website that I think many of you will appreciate. It’s called iNaturalist, and it is a place for people to post their nature sightings from all over the world! Continue reading

Catching Lizards

I was trying to identify the lizard from my post a few days ago, and came across California’s laws regarding the catching of lizards. It falls under fishing regulations, and seemed fun, so I gave it a shot!  I drove out to a nearby park that allowed collecting, and learned how to operate a lizard noose. Check out this video to see me in action! Continue reading

Southern California: First Nature Walk

I have been trying to locate a park close to where I live. I knew it was there, and have made several fruitless expeditions in search of it. Today, I stuck gold! Guajome County Park in Vista is a beautiful place to hike. Here are just a few of the things I saw during the four hours I was out. Continue reading