7/24/2013

Image of full moon July 23, 2013


This July 2013 Thunder or Buck Super Moon as it is called was in Aquarius.  It was 12% larger and 26% brighter than a normal Full Moon and the last one this big until next August 2014. I took this picture with a 500 mm lens set up on a tripod. The bright light dominated the desert sky and it was so beautiful. 

7/22/2013

Horned Toad

Out in the West Texas desert live these interesting looking creatures called Horned Frogs.  They don't bite and are very well liked by most people who live here because they eat bugs.  They are spiky and have a protective mechanism where they inflate themselves to twice their original size to look bigger and more offensive. They are preyed upon by hawks, roadrunners, snakes, lizards, dogs, wolves and coyotes.  Some also shoot blood from their eyes.  This blood travels a distance of up to three feet and confuses would be predators.  It also contains a chemical which is noxious to dogs, wolves and coyotes. So, although they don't bite, you might want to refrain from picking one up lest it tries to "confuse" you!