Photo Friday: Mule Deer Doe & Baby

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We work at night, driving around Tucson, delivering newspapers and this affords us the chance to see various types of wildlife that we never get the chance to see during the day. Growing up, we would see street signs on our nearby streets that warned of deer as seen below.

We always laughed, “There aren’t any deer around here!!!” We soon discovered after starting our delivery job, they do exist around here. We see both bucks and does, but we usually se them alone, never in pairs or groups. They also move very fast so we have never been able to take a photo of them. That is until last night! We spotted a Mule Deer doe and her baby. They stood still long enough for us to take this awesome photo. The baby didn’t want to turn around for us but it was super cute!


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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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Living in the Southwest: Torch Cactus

Living in the Southwest: Torch Cactus

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If it’s spring in Tucson, you will almost certainly stumble upon Torch Cacti. They sport some of the most beautiful flowers in the Sonoran Desert.

Torch Cacti are also known by their scientific name, Trichocereus hybrids. They produce very large, brightly-colored flowers that are truly magnificent to see.  All of these photos were taken in my neighborhood. There are three varieties: First Light, Epic, and Apricot Glow

You can read more about Torch cacti at the Desert Museum’s website and the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society website.

First Light

Faint pink and white flower

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This torch cactus came into full bloom overnight and it was quite spectacular.

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The next day, all the flowers were gone. Javelina, the local wild pigs, often come through our neighborhood at night and they ate all the flowers off the cactus! Talk about a clean sweep.

Epic

Hot Pink Flower

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Apricot Glow

A range of peaches and yellows

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POTW: Lizard, Arizona

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Photo of the Week:

Lizard, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Desert Museum Lizard

April 19, 2015

Sony a390

Minolta AF 28-85mm F3.5-4.5

ISO 100

f/9

85mm

1/200

 
Last month, I attended the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and snapped this photo on my Sony a390.
 
This lizard was roaming about the second level of the Cat Canyon exhibit in the Museum, free from any enclosure, and acting like he was king of the castle. Another large lizard came by and there was a bit of territorial posturing (charging, open mouth gaping, that sort of thing).
 
I felt this photo captured quite a knowing look from my new friend, resting in his desert paradise in all its springtime glory.
 
Have you had any funny lizard experiences?

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