I'm so excited. After searching high and low for a Gila Monster and not having a single sighting in 2016, I finally saw one today! I should have known better. It was the first hot day after a rainstorm, and that usually flushes all kinds of creatures out of their dens. Still, I went outside without a camera or even a mobile phone, and I ran into him when pulling a wagon full of manure to the round pen. He was crawling out from underneath my horse trailer, which meant that he was probably under my haystack.
He waddled over to a bush, and I figured he'd be down a hole and gone by the time I ran back to the house to get a camera. But, at the last second, he veered off away from the bush and it would be a good minute before he reached the next bush, so I ran into my house and retrieved my now fully charged camera with zoom lens.
He was walking away from me into my neighbor's backyard.
Of course, I made the selfish choice to keep taking pictures. I'll explain myself to my neighbor later and send him some photos.
Just look at those little tootsies.
Missing video of the horses playing and pictures of a rainbow in front of the mountains in order to discover that all my camera batteries were dead was so worth it in order to get these Gila Monster shots.