Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee
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Spring Lizards

Yesterday started off gloomy and overcast, but the sun came out and it warmed to a comfortable temperature. I kitted up in my coveralls, Lisa got out the electric chainsaw, and she cut branches from the small cottonwood trees along the west fence line. I raked brush into a pile, and used hand clippers to get rid of the smaller growth, then fed the branches as Lisa cut them into burnable-sized pieces. When we were done, we had somewhat reduced the fire hazard on the fence line, and had a wheelbarrow-load of cottonwood, which we hope will dry out over the summer and provide for a day or possibly two of heat next autumn.

Later in the day, Lisa called me outside to have a look at something. "George is back!" she said.

George the Lizard

This is George, that being our name for the sagebrush lizards that appear around here. We like having George around because these lizards eat spiders and bugs. This particular George is pretty big for a sagebrush lizard, with Lisa estimating him to be about 20 cm nose to tail. It apparently had gotten warm enough to wake George up and get him stirring around the property.

Today, in contract to the warm, sunny conditions yesterday afternoon, was cold and blustery. I ended up kindling a fire in the fireplace for the first time in a week. Apparently it was snowing up in the Sierra Nevada, but it didn't even rain here. However, it felt particularly cold when you got out into the wind. I assume the lizards retreated, waiting for sunnier days.
Tags: fernley, house, weather, wildlife
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