T.I.T.T.I.E.S. West Texas Trip 2008 photo thead

Sr. Chencho

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Beautiful Scenery.

Wow, wonderful pictures. These pictures bring back memories when I lived in Presidio, Tex. It appears that we missed a great outing with you guys. I am looking forward for more and more pictures. Keep them coming and thanks a bunch for sharing with those of us that just dreamed of going.

Fredster
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Still, US Marine!
 

Canth

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These are from our successful A. moderatum hunt

Josh extracting his first(?) A. moderatum


Kristen (Josh's wife)


Mike with his prize! He was so happy after that it was hillarious
Edited for confidentiality, but I got a little carried away and liked the effect.



Just some random A. moderatum someone flooded, I think maybe Sky.


A. moderatum chillin by her burrow


To be cont'd with Big Bend pics...
 

syndicate

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omg those moderatum are sooo nice! :drool:
wish i could have gone!looked like a great time
 

Scott C.

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Hey all. Here are some shots....























Hope someone got a better pic of this cool little thing...


Looks like moderatum has been covered pretty well, which is good because I had no intentions of making the one I found cooperate, so here is a pic of the untouched burrow...










































The trip was great fun due as much the wonderful company as the beautiful scenery... Texas kicks ass, and bug people rock :D

I'm going ghost for a while, but I'll be around.

Cheers folks,
Scott
 

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Here are some of my photos from the trip... I probably should have taken about 10 times as many but hey, I was having too much fun. :D

Longhorn Beetle from the first night


One of the many mantids we found on the ranch(Yersinops sp.)


A trapjaw ant, many starting colonies were found under rocks


Sky taking a photo of a one winged butterfly


A really cool longhorn beetle munching on some yucca


A wasp mimic mantidfly(click to enlarge)


Really cool beetle


Sky and Jared(TexasBlonde and Canth) at the window


Some landscape photos:


 

drasar

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few more

Okay here's a few more I had worth posting...[/ATTACH][/ATTACH]
 
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Mr. Mordax

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I wish I'd known there were mantidflies there! I would have LOVED to see one.
 

Canth

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These are the last of my pics. Well...until I get pics of the critters I found :p

These are all from our Big Bend hike unless otherwise stated.

Driving up there



This is all scenery visible from the trail






I've never really seen a flowering cactus before this so I thought I'd snag a pic.


A male C. vittatus found somewhere on the trail by either Josh or Mike


NOTE: We did NOT collect anything in the park

Sky (Kevin behind her) and Brian (i think) to the right


Back to scenery









Sky found a one winged butterfly and we all stopped to take pics



The path to the window...


We have arrived




As we were leaving the park. Both pics taken within a few minutes of each other.



Then there's these few which I forgot to include in my other 2 posts

Scott after he climbed some rocks



My first time seeing a real saguaro


The fastest Josh's rent-a-car would go. And we still didn't catch up with Sky :embarrassed:


Mike's encounter with a yucca


A Loxosceles sp. I guess it's L. recluse. I wasn't sure it was one till I saw the picture and noticed the eye pattern.


Hope y'all enjoy!! I can't wait to go back. Only 11 more months.

EDIT: Just noticed there's a small spider in the bottom left corner. I think that was the male
 
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dunawayj

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Very nice pics. Have a trip planned in October and will be there for a week. This will be my first trip to Big Bend. Any suggested must see spots?
 

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You really need to hike down to "The Window".
 

Mr. Mordax

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Mike's encounter with a yucca
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I was waiting for that pic to show up! :D

I found another memory card with pics from the last day on it -- including the downpour while rock-flipping and Eddleweis. Hopefully I can post those tonight.
 

Canth

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You really need to hike down to "The Window".
The trail was called The Window Trail I think. But yeah, you definitely NEED to go on that one. It's a 5 mile hike and totally worth it.

The rock flipping day was insane! More stuff was found that day than any other day.
 

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It is only 2.5mi in...the 5mi part is round trip. Just to be clear.
 

Mr. Mordax

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Yeah, I don't think anyone's going to hike to the end and just call it good. :rolleyes:

Jared, I neglected to mention that those were some awesome shots of the window you posted -- even better than the ones I saw standing there!

My contributions coming soon . . .
 

Mr. Mordax

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Alrighty, here they are. Who can guess what this first pic is of?


Here's a couple group pictures of us enjoying some fine Texan cuisine:




Here's a couple of the scorpions we found. The IDs were confirmed by Kari McWest. Diplocentrus lindo:


Paruroctonus gracilior:


Vaejovis coahuilae:


I think the last day we found more stuff than on the rest of the trip combined (I also think we flipped every rock at the ranch!).

Rain? What rain?


This rock had at least four vinegaroons under it.






I had never seen a Solfugid before this trip; here's two:




A snake that Josh found:




Velvet ant:


Josh's newest leading lady: (Watch out, Kristen!)


Brown recluse and an exuvium: (Never seen one of those, either)


After the rain that us crazy Oregonians brought down:


And of course, my favorite way to end the trip:


Randomness: Who likes Prada? The Marfa Prada store is happy to serve you.
 
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