Cellphone Photo Collection H1/2018

Roadside poppies, Lake Hodges, Rancho Bernardo, California, April 2018.

Looks like my “cellphone monthly” series turned into a “cellphone biannual” series… the reason is that I probably made less cellphone photos this year, but also, I already showed some series of photos here (Sedona, Death Valley) and on my photography website (Motor Transport Museum). Continue reading “Cellphone Photo Collection H1/2018”

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Striped Racer vs Lizard

Striped Racer (Coluber lateralis lateralis) caught a lizard, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, California, June 2018.

Something gory from our backyard – a California Striped Racer (Coluber lateralis lateralis) caught a lizard. The lizard of course dropped/lost its tail (a normal defense mechanism) and the snake had a pretty good grip on it, but the lizard was still pretty alive, writhing and fighting as much as possible. When the snake tried to get the lizard re-aligned towards its mouth in order to swallow it, the lizard got away. Good for the lizard (its tail will grow back), bad for the snake. Maybe the lizard was just too big for the snake to swallow. Continue reading “Striped Racer vs Lizard”