Great coverage of an interesting hiking area I have not yet had the pleasure of trying, by a fellow blogger. Enjoy!
While watching the birds in the woods and yard, I have been learning a lot about their behaviors. Some birds and squirrels feed communally at our feeder while others insist on dining alone. While the Abert Squirrel this morning chased off woodpeckers, jays and other squirrels, he didn’t seem to be bothered by the tiny Nuthatch.
As I watched, the Nuthatch approached, quietly stood shopping for the best nut, picked it up and went off to to find a spot to eat it. Nuthatches are so named for their habit of wedging a large nut into tree bark and then pecking at it to get the shell open, thus “hatching” the nut.
After the repeal of US Prohibition in 1933, many brewing companies started operations in Arizona. In the late 1940s the company created a series of seven commercial art works, which have become famous worldwide.
The saloon at Crown King, Arizona has a set of the posters, which I photographed there.
“The Cowboys Dream” was the first such poster. The cowboy sleeps on his saddle. In the sky is a cloud in the form of a horse and lady rider. Not legible in my photo is the A-1 brand on the horse’s flank.
In 1949 “Black Bart” was created. Originally titled ” The Barber and the Bandit.” On the wall behind the scene is a wanted poster featuring the man in the barber’s chair.
In 1950 the “Dude Lady” poster was featured. This poster was not very popular and was thought to be offensive.
You never know what you might find once you start taking macro photos. Sometimes tiny insects pop out in flower photos that surprise you, or the detail on a beetle might be so much more elegant than imagined. Sometimes the play of light inside a delicate flower is amazing, yet unappreciated in the normal view. Here is a selection of recent macro photos from around northern Arizona.
Just looking at the picture makes you feel an allergic response coming on? Never fear, it’s not the Goldenrod that people are actually allergic to! At the same time that Goldenrod blooms so conspicuously, the Ragweed often found in the same area is the usual culprit. Ragweed has tiny green flowers that go almost unnoticed, but create huge clouds of very irritating pollen. So enjoy this golden beauty.
We loved your varying interpretations of our “yellow” theme this week. As usual, there were way too many to include in this post. But we hope you’ll share this gallery with your friends on social media.
Have a great weekend!
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The Arizona Fall Championship Horse Show is quickly becoming one of the most exciting equestrian competitions in the Southwest. For those who have never attended this event, here are five things that make the Arizona Fall Championship Horse Show so special. www,azfallchampionship.com
1. The location.
Scottsdale, Arizona, is known for its western ties. The city has a wide range of western attractions, and it is frequently cited as one of the best destinations for a western-themed vacation. More than that, Scottsdale is quickly becoming a luxury destination. There are a striking number of tourist attractions throughout the city, including historical sites, family friendly museums and a range of retail opportunities. With all this, tourism in Scottsdale is on the rise, and the local population is booming as well. This vibrancy makes Scottsdale ideal for a competitive horse event. Both competitors and spectators are sure to find their experience in…
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Lots of animals make an appearance in our little corner of the woods. We routinely have elk, deer, jackrabbits, Abert squirrels, chipmunks, ground squirrels and even had a porcupine or two. We have been visited by black bears, coyotes and a mountain lion.
Lately we have been keeping up with our newest neighbors, the fox family. Now that the kits are out and about, we see them daytime and evening. I’m sure they are out at night, as well. The babies have been learning how to climb trees. There are only two kinds of foxes that climb trees, and these Gray Foxes are one of the two.
Many times a day the crows alert us to the movements of the foxes. Whether crossing our neighbor’s yard, or moving around in ours, the crows chase the foxes and make quite a racket. We live on two and a half acres and the farthest corner of our land is almost inaccessible because it is so rocky. This is where the den is located. For many years, ground squirrels, skunks, and other tunnel-making animals have lived in this old rock quarry. At some point last year, these foxes took up residence.
We didn’t notice them until the kits were old enough to be outside of the den, and the whole family began sitting out in the sun for extended periods of time. Now that we are alerted regularly by the crow alarm, we have been taking time out to sit and watch quietly as they go about their day.
A drive through Oak Creek Canyon in northern Arizona this week allowed for a glimpse of conditions since the Slide Fire was extinguished. Since the beginning of the monsoon season is upon us, worries over the safety of visitors to the canyon in the event of flash flooding has caused many closures. The camping areas affected by the fire as well as other parking for day use along the canyon are now closed. Thus the photos I post here are all from a moving car, not the best of situations. However, you can see that if you are looking for fire damage, you will find it, however, most of the beauty that is Oak Creek Canyon remains.
The worst of the burn area, as visible from the road, is where the fire started. It burned very hot here. Note the discolored ground in the burn area.
You can see from the many signs and banners in Flagstaff, how appreciated the efforts of firefighters were. The question currently on the minds of locals is how much damage could occur due to runoff from the anticipated summer monsoons. Oak Creek has many fans awaiting the answer, and thinking ahead to their next trip.