Saguaro Cactus – Slow Growing Giants

Plant Profile Common Name: Saguaro Cactus Scientific Name: Carnegiea gigantea Native to: Sonoran desert – limited to southern Arizona Growth: all growth occurs at the tip of the cactus. The rate of growth is very slow. Under natural conditions it may take 20 years to attain one foot in height. By age 50 it could […]
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A Mountain Bluebird in Utah

Bluebirds have taught me a few things. First, the more you think you know, the more you have to learn. Second, never say never because they will fool you every time! Third, they have taught me to stop sweating details in my life and learn to enjoy the simple things. There are things far greater […]
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The Prickly Ocotillo – I Wish Mine Would Grow Leaves

There are plants on the Arizona hillsides that look like bunches of spiny crooked dead sticks. They are the Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens). The photo above is of my plants. They are leafless. Small 2 inch leaves will grow from the stems when there is enough moisture. They may lose these leaves, and then sprout new […]
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Monarch Butterfly Collage

I made this Monarch Butterfly Collage with 5 photos. The first, and background layer, was a photo of painted daisies. I gave it a textured filter. The remaining four photos were close-ups of a single Monarch Butterfly. I put those photos into 4 layers, gave each of them a border, and positioned them on top […]
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The Arizona Great Horned Owl

For the past few weeks we have been serenaded by several Great Horned Owls. Their calls, a series of deep hoots (who-who-ah-whoo, who-ah-whoo) break the silence of the late evening or early morning. It is always too dark to see it, or take pictures. Today, however, owl starting hooting before sundown. It sounded very close. […]
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The Polar Coordinate Filter – Prairie Crocus

A Digital Marble (Amazing Circle) made from a photo of Alberta Prairie Crocus (Pasque Flower). Post 101  

The Polar Coordinate Filter – Willow in Spring

A Digital Marble (Amazing Circle) made from a photo of Alberta Prairie Willow flowers in spring. Post 100

The Polar Coordinate Filter – Trees at Sunrise

A Digital Marble (Amazing Circle) made from a photo of winter trees at sunrise. Post 99

The Polar Coordinate Filter – Ice Encrusted Leaves

A Digital Marble (Amazing Circle) made from a photo of fall leaves encrusted in ice.  Post 98

The Magic of the Monarch Migration

We’ve had Monarch butterflies in our Arizona yard recently. They may be migrating south to Mexico, north-west to California or they may overwinter here if the conditions are favourable. The Monarch’s Southern fall migration is made by a single butterfly that will live for 6 to 8 months. The Northern spring migration will take multiple […]
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