Lake Johnson hike

On 8/13/20 hiked to Lake Johnson, Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico. Started a bit after 9 AM. En route to trailhead at Panchuela Campground, saw a Mule Deer buck and a group of turkeys- only ones from the trip.
A little up Cave Creek, flipped a rock and found a young Wandering Garter Snake. It promptly musked on me. Walking down to the creek to wash off, snake in hand, I immediately found another Wandering Garter, this one quite large. As I was juggling the two in an attempt to take pictures, the smaller one bit me twice- the second time, it sank one fang into my left index finger, mercilessly deeper and deeper. Felt just like a hypodermic needle.
Continuing on, found a few beautiful Speyeria.
Arrived at the caves and briefly explored them. They went back quite far, passages going in and out of each other until they ended in several narrow, dark notches that the creek poured into.
Slogged on, finding Cupido, Speyeria, Polygonia, and many plants, until a stop at a junction to refill bottles with treated stream water. Went on for hours more, with the forest environment slowly but continually changing in plant and animal life as the altitude increased. Found a probable Linyphiid spider.
After 7 or so miles that never seemed to end, arrived at Lake Johnson. It was lower in elevation than I had thought. Almost immediately began walking around the perimeter. Found interesting plants and a pair, at least, of large blue Darners. Perhaps more flying around, unless they were the same pair. About 3:00 by now. I lay down on my stomach to photograph the dragonflies. One was perched on a log, arched between head and abdomen. The other would periodically swarm it, buzzing and harrying the perched dragonfly. Eventually they ended up with the flying dragonfly on its back, its mouthparts tourching the perched one’s upside-down, its tail touching the other at the anterior portion of its thorax. Were they male and female? And what were they doing?
Went on to a beautiful meadow at the west end of the lake. Found some blue flowers I thought especially pretty, that I believe I saw only there. These proved to be Gentians.
Found small grasshoppers and an orange butterfly by the lake, even at this high elevation (11,100’). The butterfly got away.
Packing up, saw a few Gray (Canada) Jays.
Considered climbing “Capulin”/Redondo Peak, but unfortunately got to the lake too late.
Came back in the dark. A strenuous but successful hike. 14 miles round-trip.

Posted by ectothermist ectothermist, September 06, 2020 17:35

Observations

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Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

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ectothermist

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August 2020

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Wandering Garter Snake (Thamnophis elegans ssp. vagrans)

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ectothermist

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August 13, 2020 10:15 AM MDT

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Wandering Garter Snake (Thamnophis elegans ssp. vagrans)

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ectothermist

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August 13, 2020 10:15 AM MDT

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Greater Fritillaries (Genus Speyeria)

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ectothermist

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August 13, 2020 10:31 AM MDT

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Northwestern Fritillary (Speyeria hesperis)

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ectothermist

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August 13, 2020 10:33 AM MDT

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Corn Lily (Veratrum californicum)

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August 13, 2020 11:09 AM MDT

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Ferns (Class Polypodiopsida)

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August 13, 2020 11:10 AM MDT

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Western Tailed-Blue (Cupido amyntula)

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August 13, 2020 11:13 AM MDT

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Green Comma (Polygonia faunus)

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August 13, 2020 11:16 AM MDT

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Northwestern Fritillary (Speyeria hesperis)

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August 13, 2020 11:18 AM MDT

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Roses (Genus Rosa)

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August 13, 2020 11:30 AM MDT

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Fleabanes and Horseweeds (Genus Erigeron)

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August 13, 2020 11:41 AM MDT

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Flowering Plants (Subphylum Angiospermae)

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August 13, 2020 11:58 AM MDT

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Columbian Monkshood (Aconitum columbianum)

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August 13, 2020 12:10 PM MDT

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Flowering Plants (Subphylum Angiospermae)

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August 13, 2020 12:12 PM MDT

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Monkeyflowers (Genus Erythranthe)

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August 13, 2020 12:30 PM MDT

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Parry's Gentian (Gentiana parryi)

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August 13, 2020 12:33 PM MDT

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Twinberry Honeysuckle (Lonicera involucrata)

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August 13, 2020 12:35 PM MDT

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Sunflowers, Daisies, Asters, and Allies (Family Asteraceae)

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August 13, 2020 12:36 PM MDT

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Paintbrushes (Genus Castilleja)

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ectothermist

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August 13, 2020 12:39 PM MDT

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Richardson's Geranium (Geranium richardsonii)

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ectothermist

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August 13, 2020 12:40 PM MDT

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Twinberry Honeysuckle (Lonicera involucrata)

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ectothermist

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August 13, 2020 12:41 PM MDT
Plants

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Plants (Kingdom Plantae)

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August 13, 2020 12:46 PM MDT

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Flowering Plants (Subphylum Angiospermae)

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August 13, 2020 12:52 PM MDT

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Flowering Plants (Subphylum Angiospermae)

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August 13, 2020 12:54 PM MDT

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Clovers (Genus Trifolium)

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August 13, 2020 12:57 PM MDT
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Plants (Kingdom Plantae)

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August 13, 2020 01:01 PM MDT

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Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)

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August 13, 2020 01:03 PM MDT

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Sheetweb and Dwarf Weavers (Family Linyphiidae)

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August 13, 2020 01:05 PM MDT

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Shrubby Cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruticosa)

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ectothermist

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August 13, 2020 02:47 PM MDT

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August 13, 2020 02:49 PM MDT

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Bulrushes, Cattails, and Allies (Family Typhaceae)

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ectothermist

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August 13, 2020 02:55 PM MDT

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Paddle-tailed Darner (Aeshna palmata)

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ectothermist

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August 13, 2020 02:57 PM MDT

Description

The dragonfly perched on the log (first two pictures) was seemingly attacked by the second one, which buzzed and harried it (third photo). Eventually they ended up in the position in the last photo and stayed that way. Were they male and female? And what were they doing?

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Fireweed (Chamaenerion angustifolium)

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ectothermist

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August 13, 2020 03:04 PM MDT

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Rocky Mountain Fringed Gentian (Gentianopsis thermalis)

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ectothermist

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August 13, 2020 03:06 PM MDT

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Marsh Meadow Grasshopper (Pseudochorthippus curtipennis)

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ectothermist

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August 13, 2020 03:11 PM MDT

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Rocky Mountain Fringed Gentian (Gentianopsis thermalis)

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ectothermist

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August 13, 2020 03:12 PM MDT

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Parry's Gentian (Gentiana parryi)

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ectothermist

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August 13, 2020 03:19 PM MDT

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Canada Jay (Perisoreus canadensis)

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ectothermist

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August 13, 2020 04:59 PM MDT

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ectothermist

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August 13, 2020 04:13 PM MDT

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