Thru the Trees

As a continuation of my last post, Gilbert’s Riparian Institute at Water Ranch is a 110 acre park organized into various vegetative zones that range from wetlands to native riparian and upland vegetation areas, not a common landscape in the greater Phoenix area. There are 7 ponds, full of 200 species of water-loving birds, as well as all sorts of other animals.


Cottontails everywhere.


Pond Slider

This pond slider is enjoying the sun.



Canada Geese

If you want to see birds, this place delivers! Hangin’ with some Canada Geese.

Canada Goose


Click to see a lot of grazing birds in the marsh (above).


Stilt 1

Black-necked stilts and many other shorebirds abound.

Stilt 2

I love this place, so pretty and diverse, an oasis in the midst of a busy urban area. It’s big enough that you see far more animals than people. More photos to come…

7 responses to “Wetlands

  1. Candace, these are BEAUTIFUL!!!
    It looks like such a peaceful place to be.
    I just love the natural framing in the first one, and that sweet little bunny too. :-)

    Have a wonderful day ahead!

  2. These are beautiful photos. I can’t believe this is Arizona!

  3. Gorgeous! What an oasis of delights.

  4. What a great place! I sure would have spent some time there when I lived in the area. It must be terrific for letting kids see some of the wildlife!

  5. Obviously a great place to visit in search of some bird and animal shots. Nice post, Candace.

  6. What beautiful photos!!

  7. Love these, particularly the turtle!

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