The Turtle Pond

I am blessed and thankful to be surrounded by nature every day.  My drive to and from town includes a long stretch along one country road.  The turtle pond – long called this because of the abundance of turtles one can see sunning themselves on warm spring, summer and early Fall days, is also home to a myriad of other wildlife including beaver, frogs, otters, mink, ducks, the occasional goose and great blue heron, insects, and on rare occasions, deer.

To some it’s just a pond, but to me, it’s an amazing oasis to be admired and appreciated every day.

Chestnut-Backed Chickadee — nature has no boss

Hearing the Chickadees calling in the trees above our heads we expected to look up and see either a black-capped or mountain chickadee as we had seen them earlier this day. However to our surprise we we greeted by this little Chestnut-Backed Chickadee looking down at us and hunting insects just above our heads. The […]

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Pleeeease! — Through Open Lens

F/6.3, 1/160, ISO 320. Chipmunk Why don’t chipmunks wear skinny jeans? Because their nuts won’t fit. Interesting Fact: Chipmunks generally gather food on the ground in areas with underbrush, rocks, and logs, where they can hide from predators like hawks, foxes, coyotes, weasels, and snakes. They feed on insects, nuts, berries, seeds, fruit, and grain […]

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Pronghorns In Grasslands — Sonoran Images

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a full screen image. People who visit my community in Tucson and who do not wander far from the city limits usually leave with an incorrect impression of southeastern Arizona’s topography and habitats. The area around Tucson is typical desert […]

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So High! — Through Open Lens

F/11.0, 1/500, ISO 320. Hispaniolan Amazon Parrot What did the cat say after eating two robins lying in the sun? I just love baskin’ robins. Interesting Fact: As with other amazons, it prefers forested areas where food is plentiful. This parrot lives in the wood forests in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. However over the recent […]

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