More new friends in Arizona….

My little one and I were out exploring again the other day…we drove about 15 miles from the house and found ourselves near and around Lake Pleasant Regional Park…a man-made reservoir that captures the waters from the south-flowing Agua Fria River and the Central Arizona Project canal system. ย I will likely share a few photos from the lake in one of my next posts, but I wanted to first introduce you to some other critters that we encountered while taking a short hike in the surrounding hills.

Wild Burro, Lake Pleasant, Arizona

My son and I had seen some “horse-like” droppings along the trail and figured that they were actually from horses that were ridden through the area, so we were a little surprised to find these wild Burros out grazing among the trees and bushes on the northwest side of the lake.

Wild Burro baby, Lake Pleasant, Arizona

Looks like the little one above still needs to grow into his or her ears….

Mama and baby Burro, Lake Pleasant, Arizona

You can click on this link for the Wikipedia article on Lake Pleasant…and this one for more information on the wild Burros if you’re interested.

24 responses

  1. Wild burros are much better to come across than the rattlesnake from the last hike. And yes, those are some mighty big ears to fill!

    June 27, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    • Yes, Laura, there’s certainly less risk involved with coming across some burros blocking the trail than there is with a rattlesnake, but I thought the snake was pretty wonderful, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

      July 4, 2014 at 9:44 am

  2. Definitely like these friends better than the last one! “What big ears you have…” ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    June 27, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    • I don’t know enough about the dispositions of these guys in the wild, so we still turned around at this point so as not to bother them. I didn’t think they’d bite us, but there were two adults and a baby involved, so I thought it would be better to go the other way…..

      July 4, 2014 at 9:46 am

  3. Lovely friends!

    June 27, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    • Indeed, Bente. ๐Ÿ™‚

      July 4, 2014 at 9:48 am

  4. They look like ideal pets, especially for people who like to hike.

    June 27, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    • We could plan to go extra miles and have these guys carry the water….

      July 4, 2014 at 9:49 am

  5. Seriously, that’s really great that you saw these guys – love those ears, great shots of them.

    June 27, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    • I thought so, too, Lynn…gave my little one another pleasant surprise out here to mitigate the alarm he experienced with the last wildlife introduction…. Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

      July 4, 2014 at 9:50 am

  6. Glad to see that they are still around!

    June 27, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    • Me, too, Terry. ๐Ÿ™‚

      July 4, 2014 at 9:53 am

  7. I’d bet that they heard you coming long before you saw them!

    June 28, 2014 at 6:16 am

    • Oh, I’m sure they did. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      July 4, 2014 at 9:53 am

  8. Friendly critters for a change….nice shots Scott. Out of interest, what length of zoom were you using for these?

    June 28, 2014 at 8:14 am

    • Thank you, John…and I would imagine that they’re much friendlier than the snake…certainly in their presentation, anyway. If I’m not mistaken in reading the info from the RAW feature, the focal lengths of the above images are 45, 23, and 53mm respectively. I was able to get much closer to the rattlesnake….he wanted to sit there and argue about the trail and these guys walked away from us. ๐Ÿ™‚

      July 4, 2014 at 10:01 am

  9. I love donkeys, such gentle souls on the whole, not sure about wild ones. Not something we encounter here.

    June 28, 2014 at 9:11 am

    • They appeared to be quite gentle, Adrian…I’ve heard that they make nice farmyard friends.

      July 4, 2014 at 10:04 am

  10. What a nice surprise. They look very friendly.

    June 30, 2014 at 1:51 am

    • It was nice to find them out there, Marie.

      July 4, 2014 at 10:04 am

  11. charming fellows.

    July 2, 2014 at 7:08 am

    • Yes, they were, Shimon.

      July 4, 2014 at 10:04 am

  12. Adorable!

    July 2, 2014 at 7:15 am

    • I thought so, too, Karen. ๐Ÿ™‚

      July 4, 2014 at 10:05 am

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