We are not the first 'Gronseths' to make it to Arizona, but we are the first from our immediate family.
Dan - I do most of the blogging, photos, artwork you'll see. Came from Wisconsin to Arizona in 1986 after a bicycle trip to the lower 48 states. I've been a park ranger since the end of 1988.
Karen (Bleeker) - Karen came from South Dakota to Arizona in 1989. She has been a teacher and a teacher trainer. We met here in Arizona and were married in 1990.
Erik - Erik came along in 1996. He is pretty smart and likes math, reading, playing the Wii and watching Saturday morning cartoons.
Jakob - Jakob was born in 1999, the last of the 'old millenium' Gronseths - at least amongst our immediate family. Jakob loves people and can seldom stand to be alone for any length of time.
I was moving some big rocks today and under one was a scorpion and a gecko together. I went to get my camera and the gecko disappeared into a hole. The scorpion was much better at letting me get some good shots.
From the thickness of the tail and the pincers, I know right off this is not the bark scorpion. Not that I would be so concerned if it were; I just like to know what things are. The stripes on the tail help tell me that it is a Stripe-tailed Scorpion. It still has venom - just as all spiders have venom and some are more potent than others, all scorpions have venom - but it is not as strong (to people) as the bark scorpion.
This guy was most cooperative in letting me get really close. Hiding under the curved part of the tail is the stinger.
Up close you can see all the tiny hairs that act as sensors. I'm not sure if they help in determining sounds or scents or a combination of the two....They have sensors on the underside for feeling vibrations along the ground. As they hunt insects (mostly) those sensors must be pretty sensitive.