'Tis truly wonderful to be able to start off yet another year in the Arizona desert, a land of blue skies and magnificent Saguaro cactus. This photo was taken in the Pima Canyon area near Tucson:
Such splendid sights in Saguaro National Park:
This saguaro seems to have been unable to decide which way to grow next... and ended up with many heads:
A bit of snow to get the month off to a wintery start here in Colorado. I'm glad I don't have a very long driveway to shovel!
Even though the roads are a mess with all the recent snow, the mountain views from my backyard are spectacular:
Hiking on the Towhee Trail, south of Boulder, Colorado... with no snow on the ground. This lack of snow in March is quite unusual. February was very wet, but now it is unusually warm and dry in mid-march:
Early wildflowers already starting to bloom in March, which is typically the snowiest month here in Colorado:
Foothills south of Boulder, Colorado on a warm, sunny April day:
Flowers and cactus happily blooming in April here in Colorado:
You can click on the following image to see a little 30 second movie about a confused spider going in circles on the kitchen window... the spider is on the inside of the window, trying to find his way to a bug which is on the other side of the window:
More flowers blooming in May:
The fox didn't seem to care about our proximity, even sometimes closing it's eyes, showing no fear or concern whatsoever:
Then another person came up the trail, and the fox suddenly disappeared. I thought that was the end of our visit, but as soon as the other person passed by, the fox came back out of the bushes:
and then stood contentedly on it's favorite rock again:
and again showed no concern about our presence:
Being so unconcerned as to turn her head completely away from me and my camera... even though we were less than 3 meters (10 feet) apart:
And never seeming to stare directly at us:
After a few minutes, the fox heard or saw something in the bushes on the other side of the trail, and meandered off into those bushes to see what it was.
I thought that we'd never see the dear little fox again, so we began to walk away. After a few steps, I turned and looked back... and there was the little fox watching us leave, with a curious look in it's eye, as if to say "Hey, where are you going?":
A few more May wildflowers, near Golden, Colorado:
A bunny "hiding" (by freezing in place):
A camera really can't capture the grandeur of a swiftly flowing mountain stream high in the Rocky Mountains, but here's a photo anyway!
Some of the sand dunes are nearly 250 m (800 ft) tall. These are the tallest sand dunes in North America:
Look at the bare rock hillside near the center of this picture... I see a cat's face... what do you see??
Mountain scenery near Wild Basin in Rocky Mountain National Park, a few miles south of Estes Park Colorado:
Fall colors along a hiking trail heading to Forest lake, south of Nederland, Colorado:
Noisy marmot along the trail:
Fall colors in the mountains along the Peak-to-Peak highway, north of Nederland, Colorado:
A herd of elk in Rocky Mountain National Park:
Bull elk "directing" his ladies:
First significant snowfall in the high mountains this fall:
Fall colors and blue skies, south of Boulder, Colorado:
A heart on the forehead:
The cranes seem to prefer to return to the marshes in the late afternoon, perhaps for safety from predators overnight.
White Sands National Monument in southern New Mexico has over 750 sq km (275 square miles) of brilliant white wind swept gypsum dunes:
A few Yucca manage to establish a little colony in the shifting sands:
Magnificent scenery along a hiking trail in Dog Canyon, south of Alamogordo, New Mexico:
Late one afternoon, whilst I was strolling around the Pella Crossing ponds near Hygiene, Colorado (yes, Hygiene is really the name of a town!), I saw this American Coot swimming about. It looks a bit duck-like, but it's not a duck... I had never seen a coot before:
And then I saw this Golden-Eye Duck, which I had also never seen before... quite magnificent... and perhaps you can guess why they call it a Golden-Eye:
On a stroll around Coot Lake, just outside Boulder, Colorado (no, there weren't any coots there), I happened to see three Bald Eagles sitting in a tree. I couldn't get very close, but managed to get this quick shot of one of them, just as the sun was setting: