Monday, May 27, 2024

Happy Monday!

Wishing everyone a great day and a happy new week!


"If a flower can flourish in the desert, you can flourish anywhere."




Saguaro National Park, Tucson Arizona.


"The magic of the desert is hard to define."


"We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone."

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Happy Memorial Day!

 

Happy Memorial Day!








May 27th, a day to honor those men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice serving our country.

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Saturday's Critters # 545

 Welcome to Saturday's Critters! Hello and Happy Saturday!


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Happy Memorial Day weekend! May 27th, a day to honor those men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice serving our country.

After our short visit to Page Arizona we headed to Green Valley Arizona and our next place to stay. This hotel was only an half hour drive to the Madera Canyon and some great birdwatching. I added more than a few lifers sitting in one spot in just a short time. 


1. Below two lifers for me, top is the Acorn Woodpecker and below is the Arizona Woodpecker both seen at the Madera Canyon.




2.  These are all Broad-billed Hummingbirds.  





Another look at the Broad-billed Hummingbird. It has a red dark tipped bill and is a vivid green color.








3.  Below are lifers, the  Mexican Jay and the Black-headed Grosbeak. Others are the Lesser Goldfinches and it looks like there is a Pine Siskin below the male Lesser Goldfinch. Bottom right is a Brown-crested Flycatcher, another lifer. 







4. Below the Yellow female Summer Tanager was seen at the Madera Canyon and the Red male Tanager was seen at the Paton Center.  I am not sure if the red male is a Summer Tanager or the Hepatic Tanager. 






5.  At the Paton Center for Hummingbirds, I captured the Gila Woodpecker a lifer and the Ladder-backed Woodpecker.






6. One of my favorite lifers was the Lazuli Bunting, a beautiful and colorful bird.






7. Another look at the Lazuli Bunting, it has turquoise colors, orange breast and a white belly.





8. Below is my lifer, a pair of the Gray Hawks.




A better look at the Gray Hawk couple, in better lighting. The are gray in color and have white bands on the tails.




More from this day to come, we went from place to place sightseeing and birdwatching. 

Edit: A short note, I had this post and more ready to go thankfully before my fall. I am healing the swelling and the bruises on my face and nose are looking better. My hand is still sore and swollen around my thumb/wrist area where I have had previous surgeries putting my thumb back into the joint. I just wish it was not my right hand. Thanks for all the kind well wishes.


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Monday, May 20, 2024

Happy Monday!

Wishing everyone a great day and a happy new week!


"Collect moments, not things."







Horseshoe Bend, Colorado River, Arizona


"Lets go explore magical places."


"We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone."

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Saturday, May 18, 2024

Saturday's Critters # 544

 Welcome to Saturday's Critters! Hello and Happy Saturday!


 If you love all God's creatures like I do and also like to blog about them and take critter photos this is where you can share your critter post. Link up your post and share your critters, join in with my critter party ! You can share any kind of critters the real ones, pretend ones, statues and paintings, a new or old post!


A bit of news, recently I fell at home one morning, It was a clumsy fall, tripping over the corner of my bedroom rug. After a 4 hour visit to the ER, a CT scan on my head and xrays of my wrist and knee I learned I fractured a bone in my nose, sprained my right wrist, busted my lip and a bump on my left knee. My face is swollen and bruised and so colorful, the ice packs have been helping.  I am moving slowly and recovering but it is hard to type with my left hand. I will be slow visiting but I will get to everyone who links up and visits. BTW, hubby is back to normal hopefully we will both be healthy and ready for our next trip.


1. We were only in Page Arizona for two nights, the main attraction was to see the Antelope Slot Canyon. Before leaving Page, we did stop to take a walk to the Horseshoe Bend overlook, along the 1 1/2 mile trail we saw lots of pretty flowers, cactus, lizards and a few birds. I believe the white flowers are called Evening Primrose?





2. Me and my shadow. It was a pretty sky day for our walk to the overlook, a lot cooler in the early morning.  






3. Views of the trail, the Horseshoe Bend overlook and the river below and what looks like a nest on the canyon wall.  We did see more swallows flying around this spot. You can see the Colorado River down below the overlook.






4. While walking to the overlook, I heard lots of the Black-throated Sparrows.  They are pretty birds. A House Sparrow was seen nearby, they seem to be all over the world. 






5. A closer look at the Black-throated Sparrow. This bird is gray-brown above and has a white eyebrow and whisker stripes along with the black throat. They forage on the ground for seeds and insects.




6. Not sure if you can see there are two lizards in the photo below, one is hidden by the plant and only the tail is seen. 





7. Pretty flowers along the trail. 




8. From the overlook, we could see two rafts on the bank of the river, can you see the two rafts in the upper left photo. The lizards were running all around us on the desert floor, pretty yellow flowers and the Page sign showing the Horseshoe Bend.  





9. The rafts look tiny in the mosaic above, I was able to zoom in with my camera for a closeup. 





10. Leaving the town of Page behind, passing signs for Flagstaff and Sedona and Phoenix. We had a long drive to Green Valley Arizona and our hotel for the next two nights. 






I am linking up to Heidrun's Mosaic Monday  I hope you can stop by and visit Heidrun and check out the Mosaic Monday post.




Thanks to all my visitors and for your past and present comments. Stop back to see any replies to your comments. I appreciate everyone who loves and respects wildlife. Thank you for linking up a critter post.






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Happy Monday!

Wishing everyone a great day and a ha ppy new week! "If a flower can flourish in the desert, you can flourish anywhere." Saguaro N...