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Critters after the rain

SONY ILCE-1, 1⁄2,000.0 sec, f/5.6, ISO 500

This year’s monsoon in Arizona has been wonderful for plants and critters. The great plant growth allowed for successful reproduction and survivorship of white-lined Sphinx moths (family Sphingidae) also called hawk moth or hummingbird moth because of its hovering, swift

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Surprising visitor

SONY ILCE-7RM4, 1⁄640 sec, f/8, ISO 3200

When I was out in our yard with Gizmo after dinner last night he suddenly showed interest in something in the wash right outside of our back yard. I went over and saw a Gila monster. I called Marco and

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Birding Weekend

SONY ILCE-1, 1⁄2,000.0 sec, f/7.1, ISO 320

Last Saturday and Sunday we drove South to the Santa Cruz Flats to shoot some birds – one reason to drive to the Flats always is the Caracaras that can be found there – another reason is that we discovered

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Winter Wonderland in the Desert

SONY ILCE-7RM4, 1⁄2,500.0 sec, f/5.6, ISO 125

After months of no appreciable rainfall, the Phoenix metropolitan area finally received a variety pack of precipitation over the last several days: Rain, hail, snow and something called graupel fell over different parts of the Valley depending on the elevation.

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Urban Coyotes

SONY ILCE-7RM4, 1⁄320 sec, f/6.3, ISO 2000

For the last few weeks we have been watching a pack of coyotes at the Veterans Oasis Park in Chandler, AZ. It is interesting to see how they live in such proximity to people and their pets without attacking them

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Happy Holidays

SONY ILCE-7RM4, 1⁄60 sec, f/16, ISO 320

What a year to look back to! It didn’t take long for things to get “uneasy” after the holidays last year. I’m not sure what was first but Corona became a topic quite early in the year and sadly our

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AZ Bush Fire

SONY ILCE-7RM4, 1⁄160 sec, f/10, ISO 640

On Saturday, June 13th a car caught fire on the HWY 87 just outside of town and only a few miles away from our new home. The driver pulled over and the fire quickly jumped over to the brush and

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Happy Holidays

SONY ILCE-7RM4, 1⁄500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1000

The years are flying by, we don’t even notice it. It’s only when we stop and reflect that we realize how much (or how little) has happened in the past 12 months. Picking up from our last year’s Christmas greetings, I

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