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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Coach whip snake

Probably a bit hard to see but I caught my resident coach whip snake making his way off the patio where he just disappeared...assumedly into one of the hidey holes around the plants.



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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Red dragonfly

Really neat and big dragon fly. Don't think I've ever seen a red one before. They're usually blue or green.



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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Mexican Gartersnake

This Mexican Gartersnake must have thought he was invisible to me. He was so motionless he even let flies land on his face and he didn't even flinch!



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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Osprey and Western Bluebird

Last Sunday, on my first a trip to Rose Canyon Lake on Mt. Lemmon I saw my very first Osprey and Western Bluebird. At first glance of the osprey's white head, I had hoped it was a bald eagle, but an Osprey is still a new bird for me.

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Osprey

I still have yet to see an eagle in the wild! I'm also fairly certain this was my first western bluebird sighting. I've seen lots of mountain and eastern bluebirds, but I'm not convinced I'd seen a western bluebird.

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Western Bluebird

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Edge of night

In all things of nature...

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lazuli Bunting visits the fountain

Lazuli Buntings only migrate through Arizona so it's a special treat to see one. Today, I spotted one taking a drink from the stone cactus fountain.

Lazuli Bunting - Tucson - April 2014
Lazuli Bunting - but not the exact bird that I saw...

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Lone sunflower growing along a wash

What a pleasant surprise to find this sunflower blooming near the wash. I didn't know that sunflowers would could grow in Tucson without some supplemental water, but this one seems to be doing quite well. Although it probably won't get very tall, the growing conditions must be just right. It probably got planted from bird droppings. I think I'll throw a few sunflower seeds in a corner of my yard next spring.

A sunflower!

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Hooded orioles arrive!

The Hooded Orioles arrive for the season. There's one male on the hummingbird feeder here, but I saw two males. The male cardinal on the seed feeder also got caught on camera.

The Hooded Oriole on the hummingbird feeder.

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A ladybug!!

This is the first time I've seen a ladybug in my Arizona yard!

A ladybug in my Palo Verde tree!

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

California Poppies - another sign of spring in the desert!

The California poppies that I planted near the street last fall burst into bloom today. These are spring bloomers--not to be confused with the summer blooming Arizona poppies that blossom after the monsoon season begins.

California Poppies
California Poppies - another sign of spring in the desert!

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The monsters are back -- already!

The Gila monsters are out and about after a very mild winter and a short hibernation. Their markings provide great camouflage, and if you can't see him, click for the bigger image.

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First Gila monster sighting this spring!

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

In all things of nature...

In all things of nature...

Artwork courtesy Heron Dance
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Hummingbird delight - Parry's penstemon (Penstemon parryi)

The Parry's penstemon is out in full force. Last summer, I planted a lot of these native AZ wildflowers to begin slowly adding more bird and butterfly food sources to the yard. It's nice to see blooms in January, and hummers love these!

Parry's Penstemon
Parry's penstemon (Penstemon parryi)

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