Small animals without killer hikes

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Sunday, 12 May 2013

Yesterday, I needed to cover a certain distance, and although I noticed a lot of small animals, I didn’t really seek out the ones that weren’t obvious. It was also difficult to photograph them because of the wind.

Today, I went to Arastradero open space at 7 AM, resolved to go infinitely slowly and watch for small animals. especially near the water. If I get in a mile or two of hiking, that’s fine, but that’s not the point.

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Today’s supply of small animals started straightaway, down the crack in the bench where I paused to lace up my shoes.

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And it only got better. A 7-legged harvestman was perched atop the fence, just waiting the chance to be immortalized by the photographer.

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I really like these little guys, not least because they are everywhere but largely unknown.

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The fat abdomen suggests a female crane fly.

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What a beautiful face!

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With faces like that, it’s probably not surprising that they mate facing opposite directions. Notice the slender waist of the male.

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These last two pictures from a pair I found at home.

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Everyone out looking for a little sex.

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Or a little food. This is one well-fed spider! Look at that hollowed-out aphid!

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It’s also an ordinary day, on which one of the chores is to manage the livestock.

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And if you happen to be delicious, to avoid being too visible.

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The early birds get the dew.

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And the late sleepers ought to be embarrassed! Who ever heard of a bee sleeping, and upside down at that!

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Whazzat?

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As the morning warmed up, the small animals took shelter from the heat. By 10, I was ready to call it a day.

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Mid-afternoon, I tried a run. I have had sore muscles for several weeks, and although I can hike and ride, the pain is exacerbated by running. But with effectively zero exercise the two previous weekends, I thought I’d give it a try.

About 4 miles to the nearby REI, running, feeling good, where I bought a new pair of hiking boots. The old ones are good friends, but they are coming apart at the seams.

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