1/10 Gopher snake

2/10 Gopher snake

3/10 Horned toad

4/10 Horned toad

5/10 Ditch and cotton fields

6/10 Rainflowers

7/10 Guayacan

8/10 Bees Swarming

9/10 Looking into a mesquite tree

10/10 Pomegranate Blossom

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This fellow was up on the ditch bank one day back in the early 1990s. Haven't seen many snakes lately, but we still have the pocket gophers.

Mission Valley / Richard Lee, (1990 - 1999), Nature

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Probably the largest snake we have seen near our place.

Mission Valley / Richard Lee, (1990 - 1999), Nature

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Horned toads used to be common throughout El Paso. Photo from the 1970s.

The horned lizard is popularly called a "horned toad", "horny toad", or "horned frog", but it is neither a toad nor a frog. The popular names come from the lizard's rounded body and blunt snout, which give it a decidedly batrachian appearance. Phrynosoma literally means "toad-bodied" and cornutum means "horned". The lizard's horns are extensions of its cranium and contain true bone. he Texas horned lizard is the largest-bodied and most widely distributed of the roughly 14 species of horned lizards in the western United States and Mexico. The average Texas horned lizard is 69 mm (2.7 in) in snout-vent length,[6] but the upper boundary for males is 94 mm (3.7 in) and for females it is 114 mm (4.5 in).
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Central / Austin Terrace, (1970 - 1979), Nature

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Taken back in the 1970s.

The horned lizard is popularly called a "horned toad", "horny toad", or "horned frog", but it is neither a toad nor a frog. The popular names come from the lizard's rounded body and blunt snout, which give it a decidedly batrachian appearance. Phrynosoma literally means "toad-bodied" and cornutum means "horned". The lizard's horns are extensions of its cranium and contain true bone. he Texas horned lizard is the largest-bodied and most widely distributed of the roughly 14 species of horned lizards in the western United States and Mexico. The average Texas horned lizard is 69 mm (2.7 in) in snout-vent length,[6] but the upper boundary for males is 94 mm (3.7 in) and for females it is 114 mm (4.5 in).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_horned_lizard

Central / Austin Terrace, (1970 - 1979), Nature

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Looking over the Juan de Herrera canal. This field was planted in cotton for at least two decades, until the latest drought.

Mission Valley / Richard Lee, (2010 - 2019), Agriculture

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We call these rainflowers because no matter how much you water them, they only bloom after it rains.

Mission Valley / Richard Lee, (2010 - 2019), Nature

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This tree is actually from South Texas and was transplanted. It doesn't like freezing weather, but stays warm next to the house.

Mission Valley / Richard Lee, (2010 - 2019), Nature

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This is a swarm of honey bees.

Mission Valley / Richard Lee, (2010 - 2019), Nature

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Mesquite trees provide pollen for honey bees, edible pods (cooked or ground into meal) and excellent firewood.

Mission Valley / Richard Lee, (2010 - 2019), Nature

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Pomegranate trees can be found in many El Paso yards.

Mission Valley / Richard Lee, (2010 - 2019), Nature

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