As I was taking this photo I remembered a few other reptiles and insects I’ve found and caught on the ranch.
I seem to enjoy chasing lizards, snakes, toads and bugs. Weird, because I don’t really have an affinity for any of these.
My brother and I spent a few summers in Tucumcari, NM, with our grandparents. Tucumcari had an abundant crop of horned toads.
We caught tiny babies and fat, fully grown toads. It is one of those special memories etched in my brain. But, otherwise I can’t say I’ve chased many reptiles or bugs since (except for the occasional toad in my dating years).
So, why is this pastime so much fun now? My daughter squeals every time I try to show her my finds; my husband indulges me but he has an aversion to snakes; the dogs just want to eat whatever I find.
I think it’s the fresh air, dirt roads, endless vistas and time on my hands. It feels like summer at grandma’s house everyday.