Painted Lady

Painted Lady Butterfly

Painted Lady Side

The Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden at Chaparral Park is part of a 12-mile greenbelt through Scottsdale and in the floodplain of Indian Bend Wash. “Its purpose is to provide an educational resource where growing regionally appropriate plants also grows public awareness to reduce outdoor water use, fosters development of sustainable landscaping, and enlists community participation to conserve water resources for our future.” And it attracts a lot of indigenous wildlife!

Monarch 2

Monarch Butterfly

Lovebird with lights

In my attempt to make our desert~full of birds, flowers, and butterflies~look traditionally festive during the holiday season, at least one photo of every December post I make will feature some seasonal decoration (to go with the WordPress snow). This Rosy-Faced Lovebird was the most Christmas-y looking of the bunch (credit for the lights is Obsidian Dawn, they’re free!).




Female Grackle



Female Finch


Let It Snow

Female Costa’s Hummingbird


6 thoughts on “Xeriscaping

  1. A very interesting combination of butterflies, birds and good scenery. What is ever better than that. I like the word press snow which puts me in the winter mood.


  2. I wish I could spend a day with you bird watching…your images , birds and surroundings are so beautiful. It warms my cold days to see such vibrant colors and these sweet birds.


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