Michael was super-vigilant in hunting for fauna for us to see and understand. He picked up three: a snake, a scorpion and a lizard. He held them gently, and none seemed agravated by his touch. He let them all go back to whatever they were doing, once we had our fill. A coyote appeared on the road to Death Valley, and seemed to pose for us.



Michael named all the flowers he pointed out, with their common name and with their scientific genus and species. The wildflowers of the desert are hidden in plain sight; they are hardy survivors, close to the ground. I was surprised by how many there were!


           I did not learn all of their names, so I will just give photographs of some of what we saw.