We've had bobcats, coyotes, huge owls, huge toads, scorpions, but today, we hit one out of the park. Late this morning, my Golden Lab alerted at the window to the patio... with a more serious alert barking than just a mild bark at some birds... so I came to see what all his excitement was about. He knew that this was something I should know about right away! Very alert and very smart dog, he is! Always on the lookout out the windows. Yeah, buddy, I concluded, this alert was definitely of a special order. A Western Diamondback Rattler was visiting our patio. Kind of a big deal considering that my wife was sitting out on the patio just around a slight corner from the rattler and she was blissfully surfing the web on her iPad - completely unaware of the company she was keeping on the patio. I called her into the house, first thing! Then went about capturing some images. Once he was on to me, he took some shelter beside the sliding glass door at the master bedroom. I vigorously scooted him off the patio with a very long pole. He was definitely quite agitated by my encouragement and decided to head off into the desert. A few hours later, I looked out onto the patio only to see an itsy, bitsy spider walking along... He stepped off of the patio onto some rocks laid to prevent soil erosion from water run off... the size of the rocks should give a good sense of "scale" with regard to the size of the "itsy bitsy spider" I placed a tennis ball in his path, hoping to get an image with him and the ball together... And a final image of him as he slowly sauntered off into our desert back yard. Yes... we live in the Sonoran desert in Scottsdale, AZ! Desert wildlife is expected here. This is our backyard... the Tonto National Forest. It is a magical, primeval place indeed, where only the toughest plants and animals can survive! It was a more exciting day than usual around here! Images of the rattler and the tarantula captured with a decent dose of adrenalin, a GX7, and Pany 14-140 lens.