As I got closer and closer to the quail, it donned on me that it really hadn’t moved or even changed position, which I thought was strange. Then when I was within about 100 feet of the critter, I realized that I was sneaking up on a piece of metal. I felt so stupid that I hadn’t realized what I was looking at wasn't real. I motioned for Don to follow me on down the trail, and he about laughed at me when he discovered what I had been trying to photograph. Maybe its time for a new pair of eyeglasses........
This is just one of the bigger craters formed by large collapsed gas bubbles as the lava cooled. Some of the deeper holes and lava tubes are inhabited by colonies of several species of bats including Big Brown bats, Smallfooted bats, & Western Big-eared bats.
Life will always find a way to survive and even thrive!
This juniper is said to be over 400 years old! That is just so amazing! Its unfortunate that someone defaced this beautiful old tree by carving their names on the branches. This makes my blood boil! Some people have absolutely no respect for nature or the preservation of rare natural artifacts!! O.K. - Rant over!
Unfortunately during our stay we didn’t spot any of the Barbary sheep that are said to inhabit the lava fields but as we continued along the trail we spotted a variety of little lizards that were sunning themselves on the walkway. If you decide to go off trail and explore the lava beds on your own, be sure to wear heavy duty clothing (Jeans) & boots because the terrain is difficult to walk on at best, and the rocks are extremely sharp. Even as adventurous as I am, I didn’t try to blaze my own trail at this place. Also there are several species of cacti to remind you just hostile this environment is. I was thinking a pair of thick leather climbing gloves might be a helpful as well.