Even the Hummers Need to Stop and Rest

I walked out on my porch and this beautiful little hummingbird was taking a rest. I thought he was hurt, since his wings were out. Usually the hummers fold their wings in close to their bodies when they stop flying. He patiently awaited while I went in to get my camera, then crouch down and move within […]

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 […]

Dragonfly

I photographed this Variegated Meadowhawk  (Sympetrum corruptum) at Agua Caliente Park. Known, and named,  for the natural hot springs, Agua Caliente on Tucson’s far northeast side is a wonderful place to spend a morning. The park includes nature trails, ponds, hot springs, numerous birds – including wild owls, diverse plant and insect life and an art gallery. http://www.pima.gov/nrpr/parks/agua_caliente/index.htm Image registered with […]

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 […]

Cardinal

Last winter I spotted this male Cardinal sitting in my Tangelo tree on a crisp December morning. Luckily I had one of my cameras at home with a 200mm IS lens already attached. I snapped two shots through the window of my family room and then he flew away. Wow, I guess his ears are burning: I haven’t spotted […]

Wild Child Katydid

Have you ever seen a baby Katydid? As a mature insect, their beautiful green color and shape is interesting and appealing, but as a nymph, they are downright fascinating. Their color scheme and pattern is striking and unique. I didn’t know what I was photographing when my macro lens caught this wildly colored itsy bitsy creature […]

Land of the Lizards

It’s hot in the Sonora Desert. The daytime high’s are still hovering around 106 degrees as we near the end of August. The dogs & cats are lazing in the shade or inside their homes, birds are perched on branches with their mouths open and the lizards are scurrying around, stopping only long enough to do some […]

Synchronized Swimming

This week my home town of Tucson, Arizona is hosting the U.S. Open Sychronized Swimming Competition, which makes me think of this photo I created of some wanna-be competitors out at Agua Caliente Park. They’ve got good form, sychronization & even a nice overall design element … on a 10.0 scoring scale I give them a 9.85!