Category: Wildlife

Vermont Summer Series 8.10.20 Averill Road Trip

“Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered she had turned into the wrong person.”  I’ve always been fascinated with how an author begins a novel.  Just how do they decide what the first line(s) will be?  Does the first sentence appear… Continue Reading “Vermont Summer Series 8.10.20 Averill Road Trip”

Photo of the Day 7.27.20 Monarch!

My husband and I were sitting out on the front porch tonight eating our dinner when we spotted this Monarch butterfly hovering near the purple coneflower!  It’s my first sighting of the season!  So exciting!  This little fellow was very skittish and I could… Continue Reading “Photo of the Day 7.27.20 Monarch!”

Vermont Summer Series 7.25.20 Visitors

We’ve had a week of visitors to our home in Vermont.  Last weekend, we enjoyed a visit from my son and daughter-in-law and throughout the past week we’ve been entertaining Jim’s brother from Wisconsin.  It’s been nice to have someone else to talk with… Continue Reading “Vermont Summer Series 7.25.20 Visitors”

Photo of the Day: 4.29.20

± I carried my second cup of coffee outside this morning and enjoyed listening to the bird songs while I sipped.  As I gazed into the Arizona White Oak near me, I noticed movement and was immediately aware of several lizards climbing up into… Continue Reading “Photo of the Day: 4.29.20”

Photo of the Day: 4.23.20

  On our way out this morning to fill our fresh water tank and dump our other tanks, we came upon some pronghorns along the Empire Ranch Road.  Usually, they are much further away in the grassland making a photograph impossible.  Jim stopped the… Continue Reading “Photo of the Day: 4.23.20”

Photo of the Day 4.20.20

I’ve made a few new friends here on the ranch.  The birds that frequent Cottonwood Pond have become very familiar with me.  The Western Kingbird is ever present – perching on Mesquite branches surrounding the pond and occasionally on the shrubby vegetation along the… Continue Reading “Photo of the Day 4.20.20”

Photo of the Day 4.15.20

Our evening walk to the Cottonwood Pond was very fruitful.  As I spend more time at the pond, I’ve become more attuned to the feathered friend population.  Our main objective this evening was to catch a glimpse of the red-tailed hawks that are nesting… Continue Reading “Photo of the Day 4.15.20”

Photo of the Day 4.12.20

  How special that I found some Desert Mariposa Lilies blooming on Easter day in the grassland!!  Jim and I decided to take an afternoon bike ride on a new dirt road we discovered here in the NCA.  We detoured onto an unmarked road,… Continue Reading “Photo of the Day 4.12.20”

Photo of the Day 4.10.20

On an early evening walk down to the pond, I noticed these Blue Dicks blooming off the side of the road.  There’s not much in bloom in this high-desert grassland right now – so any color catches my eye!!  The lavender flowers contrast nicely… Continue Reading “Photo of the Day 4.10.20”

Photo of the Day 3.30.20

On my morning walk with coffee mug and stroopie in hand, this dead Mesquite tree caught my eye with its gnarled, twisting dead branches.  I’m a “bark” person – I love trees with interesting bark – dead or alive.  The monochromatic effect this photo… Continue Reading “Photo of the Day 3.30.20”