Wordless Wednesday #26 | Gulf fritillary on lantana flowers

Wordless Wednesday #26 | Gulf fritillary on lantana flowers

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Wordless Wednesday #25 | Vermilion Flycatcher

Wordless Wednesday #25 | Vermilion Flycatcher

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Vermilion Flycatcher are members of the tyrant flycatcher family which is the largest family of birds with over 400 species. Vermilion Flycatchers are unique to the family because most are a drab brown color and these guys are bring red/pink. However this coloring only occurs in males while females are brown; this phenomenon is called sexual dimorphism.
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Wordless Wednesday #24 | Giant Swallowtail on a Desert Bird of Paradise

Wordless Wednesday #24 | Giant Swallowtail on a Desert Bird of Paradise

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We love butterflies. Lucky for us, there are 250 species of butterfly in the Sonoran Desert. Giant Swallowtails are an interesting species because of their unique flight pattern; they appear to be hopping through the air. We caught this one while on a mid-afternoon stroll, having a snack on a Desert Bird of Paradise.

giant swallowtail on a desert bird of paradise
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Wordless Wednesday #23 | Female House Sparrow in a Saguaro

Wordless Wednesday #23 | Female House Sparrow in a Saguaro

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This week’s Wordless Wednesday photograph is of a Female House Sparrow nesting in a Saguaro. House Sparrows are usually very flighty and don’t stay still long enough for us to take great pictures of so this was a pleasant surprise.

Sparrow in a Saguaro

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Wordless Wednesday #22 | Juvenile Roadrunner

Wordless Wednesday #22 | Juvenile Roadrunner

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Today’s Wordless Wednesday photograph is a juvenile Greater Roadrunner. We normally only see large, adult roadrunners in our area, so this was a first for us.

Roadrunners are members of the cuckoo family and can be seen as far west as California and as far east as Louisiana. You can read more about them and hear their castanet-like rattle and other unique calls at Allaboutbirds.org.
Wordless Wednesday Juvenile Roadrunner

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Wordless Wednesday #21 | Billy the Shelf Bum

Wordless Wednesday #21 | Billy the Shelf Bum

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This week’s Wordless Wednesday features Billy, the Most AMAZING Cat, lounging on a shelf, cleared especially for him so that he could bask in the afternoon sunshine. ?

This photo reminds me of the Just So Story by Rudyard Kipling called The Cat That Walked by Himself. It is a must read for all cat lovers; a reminder that you are just one in a long line of humans to be outwitted by the feline species.

If you haven’t read it, you can read it and/or listen to it at the University of South Florida’s Lit 2 Go website. I originally encountered the Kipling classic while perusing Cat Stories (Everyman’s Pocket Classics) at Barnes and Noble.

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Billy the Shelf Bum


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Wordless Wednesday #20 | Flowers of Madera Canyon

Wordless Wednesday #20 | Flowers of Madera Canyon

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Last week, we shared photos from our trip to Madera Canyon. We had a few more that didn’t make that post. Wordless Wednesday seemed like the perfect day to share them with you! We were able to identify these flowers from a bit of research…

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Bigelow’s Beggarticks

Bidens bigelovii

We found the first two on wildflower.org, the website of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin.

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Prairie Verbena or Dakota Vervain 

Glandularia bipinnatifida

This last one was a bit more difficult because it looks like many other yellow wildflowers in Arizona. In the end, we found it the swbiodiversity.org SEINet catalog of Arizona flora.

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Lacy Tansyaster

Xanthisma spinulosum

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Wordless Wednesday #19 | The Other Arc de Triomphe

Wordless Wednesday #19 | The Other Arc de Triomphe

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Last week, our Wordless Wednesday post featured the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile. This week, we feature the other Arc de Triomphe which we also visited in 2007.

The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel is located outside the Louvre and is situated 3.4 kilometers down the road from the better known Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile. “Du Carrousel” is about half the size of “De l’Étoile” and only took 2 years to finish compared to the 30 years of “De l’Étoile”. We think that both Arc de Triomphes are beautiful! How about you?

Happy Wednesday everyone!

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Wordless Wednesday #18 | Arc de Triomphe, 2007

Wordless Wednesday #18 | Arc de Triomphe, 2007

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Today’s Wordless Wednesday is another from our 2007 trip to Europe. We previously shared photos of the White Cliffs of Dover in Wordless Wednesday #16 and Big Ben in Wordless Wednesday #5. It was very exciting to see the Arc de Triomphe in person since a painting of the triumphal arch has hung in our house for as long as we can remember.

WW 18 Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe was built from 1806 to 1836. It was commissioned by Napoleon to honor the Grand Armée. The arch was modeled after the Arch of Titus in Rome, according to Napoleon.org. You can read more about the history of the Arc de Triomphe at arcdetriompheparis.com/history and visitor information at arcdetriompheparis.com/visitor-information.

Happy Wednesday!

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Wordless Wednesday #17 | Wild Flower

Wordless Wednesday #17 | Wild Flower

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“To see a World in a Grain of Sand

And a Heaven in a Wild Flower

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand

And Eternity in an hour”

From Auguries of Innocence by William Blake

A Desert Marigold
A Desert Marigold


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Wordless Wednesday #16: White Cliffs of Dover

Wordless Wednesday #16: White Cliffs of Dover

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Today’s Wordless Wednesday is of the White Cliffs of Dover. This is a nod to yesterday’s post about The Tunnel. While we’ve never traveled via the Chunnel, we took a ferry from Dover to Calais in 2007. That’s when we snapped this photo!

White Cliffs of Dover

We hope you have a happy Wednesday!

Later today, we will be posting about Robert Glenister’s narrating style in the audiobook version of The Cuckoo’s Calling.

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Wordless Wednesday #14 | Gila Woodpecker and Cactus

Wordless Wednesday #14 | Gila Woodpecker and Cactus

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Gila Woodpecker and Cactus

A Gila Woodpecker takes a break from his cactus fruit snack to see who is taking his photo.


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