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Thursday July 12, 2012

Ropesville, TX (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: West Texas horned toad ( sp. sharpus spinyskulliccus ) . I was busy disconnecting a gas meter when this little fellow showed up . So , I did the the natural thing and postponed my gas inspection to get a few pics of this guy . ( kidding )

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41. RockPaperStar
11:49 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
How cool! What a cutie. :)
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40. CapTrade
11:25 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Not too many of these guys left in Texas. Great photograph!
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39. trigirl
12:59 AM GMT on August 23, 2012
He-he... LOVE this one Tim!
Always celebrating life, Debra
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38. mcgino
5:41 PM GMT on August 05, 2012
I love these little guys! What a pose, great capture.
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37. docshovel39
12:37 AM GMT on August 01, 2012
Thanks Kevin ! I appreciate it :)
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36. tamcat
4:00 PM GMT on July 31, 2012
Aw. I miss finding horny toads. Nice shot. -kevin :)
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35. docshovel39
10:52 PM GMT on July 27, 2012
Thanks Sharon , Charlotte , Wanda , Saltydawgg , ans Snap !
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34. nanapoo
11:37 AM GMT on July 27, 2012
He was hoping you weren't going to "gas" him :D LOL.....great shot! Thanks for sharing. We don't get to see beauty like this in PA. :)
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33. llpj04
9:55 PM GMT on July 21, 2012
on x-men lol!
~Congrats~
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32. saltydawgg
2:49 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Great capture Doc and congrats on the Big Blue.
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31. SniggitySnap
6:21 PM GMT on July 15, 2012
Don't mess with that guy!
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30. Wanda1948
8:56 PM GMT on July 14, 2012
Wow, great shot! Congratulations!
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29. docshovel39
8:19 PM GMT on July 14, 2012
Thanks for the comments Gemstone , Jeans and Racingsun ! Now that you say it , I guess I've only seen a couple this year myself . I know that in parts of Texas they're endangered .
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28. Racingsun
7:27 PM GMT on July 14, 2012
We used to live in Texas when I was young, and I thought the horned toads were pretty neat.
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27. jeans
7:17 PM GMT on July 14, 2012
Great title! He does have a face that only a mother could love.
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26. gemstone
7:02 PM GMT on July 14, 2012
I miss these little guys. I saw them constantly in Oklahoma as a child. I live in Texas now and have never seen one :-( in 30 years.

I just read the previous comments and I guess we all agree about not seeing them anymore.
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25. docshovel39
4:54 PM GMT on July 14, 2012
Thanks Bumpui , Julia , Bird and Wilma :)
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24. Doesiedoats
2:18 PM GMT on July 14, 2012
Well done, Tim!

He certainly looks like something from the
past .... very distant past.

Congratulations on your AC!
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23. bird12
2:13 PM GMT on July 14, 2012
I think I seen this guy on the X-men movie ... superAC ...
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22. Kennebunker
2:01 PM GMT on July 14, 2012
Oh, that's a good one, Tim! Love to see unusuall critters, up close and personal. Kudos, and AC congrats to you.
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21. Faasai
1:42 PM GMT on July 14, 2012
Fantastic close up shot!Congratulations on your new AC!
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20. docshovel39
12:47 PM GMT on July 14, 2012
Thanks Trudy ! You are right , we don't see many of these little creatures anymore . They are neat :)
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19. Madermade
12:43 PM GMT on July 14, 2012
Oh my, I haven't seen one of these in a long time. Like in a previous comment above, I played with these when I was younger, but now they have nearly all disappeared thanks to fire ants.....I will take the horny toad any day over fire ants! Great shot!
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18. docshovel39
12:39 PM GMT on July 14, 2012
Thanks Julie , cal , Linda , Randall , Katy , James , Kristina , Duane and Whiteflights ! And yes , Linda and Katy , I plopped down on my stomach and got him with the macro setting on my camera . I know that as a defense mechanism these lil' guys can squirt a small atream of blood from their eye socket . I'm glad I didn't get a free sample of that :)
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17. whiteflights
12:16 PM GMT on July 14, 2012
I live in Fort Worth, TX and when I was a kid some sixty years ago these little guys were everywhere. Then the fire ants came and they have disappeared along with the red ants ese guys used to eat.
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16. kristinarinell
5:23 AM GMT on July 14, 2012
great shot, Tim! Congratulations!
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15. RenoSoHill
4:58 AM GMT on July 14, 2012
They really do exist!
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14. gardner48197
3:57 AM GMT on July 14, 2012
Great capture, love this guy!! Congrats, Tim!! 10++ FAV
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13. katy99780
3:38 AM GMT on July 14, 2012
Tim I think he's pretty too! Beautiful coloring, perfect lighting, did you get right down on your belly to look him right in the eye? (oh the things we do for a photo!)

Congratulations Tim!
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12. Bluesmaster
3:05 AM GMT on July 14, 2012
Well captured Tim, AC congrats!
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11. Luckystar
2:56 AM GMT on July 14, 2012
Oh what an AWESOME shot of a horny toad, Tim! Did you get at ground level to get this great capture? Such beautiful detail and clarity and even a bit of green to go with his beautiful self! Just a fantastic shot! 10 and a favorite!

Congratulations on an excellent AC!!
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10. calpoppy
2:22 AM GMT on July 14, 2012
Nice shot! I have had many horned lizards on my kitchen table from having two sons who loved to catch them. But they had to take them back where they found them the next day.
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9. MTDisk
2:13 AM GMT on July 14, 2012
Interesting toad there! I'm thinking that only his mommy thinks hes cute!!! I'll keep the Illinois toads, thank you! Fantastic shot!! Congrats!!!
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8. docshovel39
2:10 AM GMT on July 14, 2012
Thanks Kat ! And WOW , thanks approvers - wasn't expecting this :)
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7. ColoradoKat
2:08 AM GMT on July 14, 2012
Maybe not pretty in the classic sense, but
pretty darn cool, and pretty enough to get a
Blue Frame!! Great shot, Tim! Congratulations!
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6. docshovel39
1:41 AM GMT on July 14, 2012
Thanks Donna ! I appreciate it :)
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5. catilac
1:01 AM GMT on July 14, 2012
Great shot of Mr Horned toad!!
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3. docshovel39
12:30 AM GMT on July 14, 2012
Thanks Suzi and Elaine !
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2. suzi46
12:28 AM GMT on July 14, 2012
well he IS kinda cute..terrific shot of this creature! we sure don't have anything that looks like this up here in Maine..LOL :)
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1. Biskitten
12:10 AM GMT on July 14, 2012
Good you didn't step on him - Ouch! AC Congrats, Tim!
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docshovel39

Hello , my name is Tim . I live in the small farming community of Ropesville , Texas with my wife and photo partner Sherry . I got involved with photography because of my older brother Steve - a fantastic photographer who lives outside of Seattle , WA . My favorite work , apart from his , is a terrific book entitled " Ghosts in the Wilderness " by Tony and Eva Worobiec . It captures the remains of small , abandoned rural communities across the Midwest , much of it shot in black and white . I also have become a fan of photographer Jim McGuire . His black and white shots ( nashvilleportraits.com) are amazing . Thank you for your comments and have a GREAT day !

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