Sunday, July 27, 2014
This is my three-thousandth post. Here’s a lizzard.
Male plateau fence lizard (Sceloporus tristichus). On the Fat Man’s Loop trail on Mount Elden, in Flagstaff, Arizona.
For those that have followed Fatchance up to this milestone, especially those that joined up back in olden times, Thank you! My first post was in June 2008, which means Fatchance recently passed its six-year mark as well. For some reason the tumblr folks failed to send me a congratulatory cupcake. When I made my first post there were only about 100,000 tumblr users worldwide, and I was one of the oldest people using the platform. I’ve not  grown any younger, but the tumblr demographic seems to have done so. I’m not nostalgic for the good old days (of just six years ago!), before the youngsters began migrating from MySpace. They are most welcome, as long as they behave themselves. I do miss those early days though, when there were no business or commercial tumblrs cluttering my dashboard with their sordid corporate spiels. I do love to hate a good ad. 
Onward! to Post No. 3,001!

This is my three-thousandth post. Here’s a lizzard.

Male plateau fence lizard (Sceloporus tristichus). On the Fat Man’s Loop trail on Mount Elden, in Flagstaff, Arizona.

For those that have followed Fatchance up to this milestone, especially those that joined up back in olden times, Thank you! My first post was in June 2008, which means Fatchance recently passed its six-year mark as well. For some reason the tumblr folks failed to send me a congratulatory cupcake. When I made my first post there were only about 100,000 tumblr users worldwide, and I was one of the oldest people using the platform. I’ve not  grown any younger, but the tumblr demographic seems to have done so. I’m not nostalgic for the good old days (of just six years ago!), before the youngsters began migrating from MySpace. They are most welcome, as long as they behave themselves. I do miss those early days though, when there were no business or commercial tumblrs cluttering my dashboard with their sordid corporate spiels. I do love to hate a good ad. 

Onward! to Post No. 3,001!

Agave Series, No. 1.
All of the photos in this series were taken at the Desert botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona.

Agave Series, No. 1.

All of the photos in this series were taken at the Desert botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona.

Saturday, July 26, 2014
Little female frog, at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona.
Based solely on geographical distribution, I think this is either a native lowland leopard frog (Lithobates yavapaiensis), or an introduced Rio Grande leopard (L. berlandieri). The Rio Grand species has penetrated most of southwestern Arizona, following the paths of irrigation canals, and is now common wherever there is a reliable body of water. Definitive identification would have required actually capturing this frog and examining its nether regions, which I was unwilling to do, so we will all have to live with the uncertainty. 

Little female frog, at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona.

Based solely on geographical distribution, I think this is either a native lowland leopard frog (Lithobates yavapaiensis), or an introduced Rio Grande leopard (L. berlandieri). The Rio Grand species has penetrated most of southwestern Arizona, following the paths of irrigation canals, and is now common wherever there is a reliable body of water. Definitive identification would have required actually capturing this frog and examining its nether regions, which I was unwilling to do, so we will all have to live with the uncertainty. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Route 66 Neon: Galaxy Diner, Flagstaff, Arizona.

Route 66 Neon: Nackard Inn / Downtowner / Motel / Sensible Rates. In Flagstaff, Arizona.

Route 66 Neon: Nackard Inn / Downtowner / Motel / Sensible Rates. In Flagstaff, Arizona.

Route 66 Neon: The Saga Motel, Flagstaff, Arizona.

Route 66 Neon: The Saga Motel, Flagstaff, Arizona.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

For ________. You’re going to reap just what you sow.

(Source: Spotify)

Sphinx.
White-lined sphinx moth (Hyles lineata), in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Sphinx.

White-lined sphinx moth (Hyles lineata), in Flagstaff, Arizona.