Beautiful Flowers are Sometimes Toxic

    A night-blooming Sacred Datura (Datura wrightii) trumpet flower starting to uncurl is a beautiful thing, but the plant is also a toxic hallucinogen. It’s in the nightshade family, along with tomatoes, potatoes and eggplant, but unlike those, is not edible. Sphinx and Hawk moths are common pollinators of the plant. To learn more about […]

Malayan Tiger

This is Baheem. He is a thireteen year old male Malayan Tiger who lives at the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, Arizona. The zoo also has a female Malayan tiger named Sita, who is one month older than Baheem. reidparkzoo.org Malayan tigers (Panthera tigris jacksoni) come from Asia. Their stripes, like our fingerprints, are unique to each […]

Ground Squirrel

Yea, yea, squirrels are cute … unless they are fighting in your attic at 3 AM! The winter before last was horrible. For six weeks we had squirrels in our crawl space following a total re-plumb of my house. The contractor didn’t put the vent cover to the crawl space back on the side of the […]

Grasshopper

We haven’t had a particularly cold winter in Tucson, but I’m still looking forward to the end of the season and the beginning of Spring because that means we can start taking some excursions to create images of little critters so tiny one needs a macro lens to capture them, like this half-inch long grasshopper nymph I photographed in […]

Not Everyone is Watching the Olympics…

Apparently this group of bird watchers at Agua Caliente Park in Tucson preferred scouting for Northern Flickers on a gloomy gray Sunday morning over sitting at home watching the Olympics. Their consensus: the bird gets an 8.3 for color, song pitch and flying style. I give the bird watchers  a 7.5 for tightness of formation, synchronized binocular […]