Graceful reintroduction of mankind into his environment

Category Archives: WOW Arizona!

Breakfast Tea Patio Shots

Early morning was steamy, with beautiful colored light ever-changing  as the clouds bustled through the sky. I got these photos while seated on the patio with a cup of tea. The Rufous Hummingbirds (Selaphorus rufus)have returned, by the hour, it seems their numbers increased. A few mature males, several females and a lot of juveniles, like this one…   Broad-billed Hummingbirds (Cynanthus latirostris)are here in HUGE numbers, a recent Tucson Audubon Guide remarked she had NEVER seen so many in one spot!   The Cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis) are some of the earliest to sing and hung around until the storm clouds started to build. There was a bit of ‘displayed… Continue Reading

Watch Your Step!

Bucket of seed in hand, I approached our two empty seed feeders, right by the suet feeder that I had filled not five minutes earlier. I looked down and my thoughts were, “Ah! Poor little bird. I was just here. Did you just drop dead off of the feeder?” Out loud, I heard myself say, “Oh! Wait! There’s a snake attached to you.” CJ heard me, rushed over and excitedly announced, “That’s a new one”. I let CJ have the pleasure of completing the night’s feed.     Continue Reading

Sleepy Kitty

Our bobcats have gotten incredibly comfortable, around here. Ms. Bobcat has three offspring still with her. The littlest guy naps near me, quite often. Today, the birds alerted me, I went outside with a camera and he just walked by and climbed under the junipers. Continue Reading


Snake action from the gardens! Last night, the ‘Evening Feed’ for the birds was much more interesting than usual. Four rattlesnakes in one small area… …one being a new individual! No name, yet… …but, I love the eyebrows… This is ‘Sazusa’… …in one of her favorite spots. Cheech was just inches away. Cartman had just eaten an adolescent quail and was curled under the salvia, in one of his favorite spots. You could just catch a glimpse. We’ve had a lot of other snake species, too. On Saturday, I got these shots of a Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer). It was cruising through the grass… and seemed to following a scent… Continue Reading

Summer Color, Monsoon Soon…

Monsoon will be soon, you can feel it in the energy that is renewed in the gardens. Lobellia is spreading into a magenta shaggy carpet surrounding half of the little pond. There were multiple fresh Queen Butterflies, gently swaying the flowers in the calm of the morning. Continue Reading

Cheech’ll Eat Ya’

Cheech, the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox) was on the move, in that familiar, “I killed a bird and it is right around here” mode. This drama has been played in front of us numerous times, but it always amazes. It only took fifteen minutes to finish the Mourning Dove. Note how the snake braces against it’s own body to allow resistive force for completing swallowing the bird. As soon as consuming this bird was finished, the snake moved right over to another preferred hunting spot, and resumed ‘stealth mode’ under a salvia greggii. There are, consistently, four individual snakes that have been here for over a month. Three ‘old… Continue Reading

Graceful reintroduction of mankind into his environment