July 28, 2013 · Uncategorized

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I had the opportunity to visit a vernal pool in New Mexico in July and after a summertime “monsoon” rain. Lots of great wildlife to see.

Vernal pool full of water after a summer "monsoon" rain

Vernal pool full of water after a summer "monsoon" rain

The Mexican Beavertail Fairy Shrimp (Thamnocephalus mexicanus) hatch out from eggs that have been burried in the dust of dry pool beds recently filled by summer rains.

The Mexican Beavertail Fairy Shrimp (Thamnocephalus mexicanus) hatch out from eggs that have been buried in the dust of dry pool beds recently filled by summer rains.

Mexican Beavertail Fairy Shrimp (Thamnocephalus mexicanus)

Mexican Beavertail Fairy Shrimp (Thamnocephalus mexicanus)

Mexican Beavertail Fairy Shrimp (Thamnocephalus mexicanus)

Mexican Beavertail Fairy Shrimp (Thamnocephalus mexicanus)

Mexican Beavertail Fairy Shrimp (Thamnocephalus mexicanus)

Mexican Beavertail Fairy Shrimp (Thamnocephalus mexicanus)

Smaller Fairy Shrimp species

Smaller Fairy Shrimp species

Tadpole Shrimp were thick in this ephemoral pool

Tadpole Shrimp were thick in this ephemeral pool

The Spadefoot Toads stir from their buried positions in the mud and move into epheroral pools to breed

The Spadefoot Toads stir from their buried positions in the mud and move into ephemeral pools to breed

Love the eyes!

Love the eyes!

Within days of formation of ephemoral pools, Spadefoot Toad Tadpoles cruise the waters, feeding on anything they can grab with their jaws

Within days of formation of ephemeral pools, Spadefoot Toad Tadpoles cruise the waters, feeding on anything they can grab with their jaws

Spadefoot Toad tadpole

Spadefoot Toad tadpole

Enjoyed the wildlife in the desert around the vernal pools, such as this Coachwhip (Masticophis flagellum)

Enjoyed the wildlife in the desert around the vernal pools, such as this Coachwhip (Masticophis flagellum)

Coachwhip (Masticophis flagellum)

Coachwhip (Masticophis flagellum)

Enjoyed hanging out with friends at the herpetological meetings.

Enjoyed hanging out with friends at the herpetological meetings.

Herpetological meetings are always special when I get to viti with old friends like Marty Crump and Vic Hutchison.

Herpetological meetings are always special when I get to viti with old friends like Marty Crump and Vic Hutchison.

More soon…..

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5 comments on “New Mexico & Vernal Pools”

  1. Juan Castillo:

    The shrimp shots are incredible. How are you capturing them like this?
    Juan


  2. Dante:

    Hi Juan,

    I have designed a series of photo tanks that I use to get these kinds of shots.

    Cheers & Thanks-Dante


  3. Karen Petersen:

    I now have a kiddie pool out back for the dog to cool off in during the summer heat. But she doesn’t like to use it and I’ve seen larvae swimming around in it and some algae forming on the bottom. Should I allow this to progress and see what happens or will I just end up with a lot of mosquitoes?!!


  4. admin:

    Need to net the larval mosquitoes out or put mosquito fish into the pool but they might eat larvae too


  5. Stefan:

    I love this post. Great images


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