Cool Pines of Flagstaff

San Francisco Peaks, Humphreys Peak, highest point in AZ at 12,633 feet   (click to enlarge panorama)

It’s heating up in Phoenix now so our local adventures will be on hold and we’ll have to take our day trips to higher altitudes. Last week we were in  Flagstaff, elevation 6,909 feet. We were primarily at The Arboretum at Flagstaff located on 200 acres deep within the Coconino National Forest.

Western Bluebirds, male and female

There were many nesting boxes throughout. I think they appeal to the Western Bluebirds especially.

Say’s Phoebes

American Robin

And I got 4 lifers!

House Wren (lifer)

Pygmy Nuthatch (lifer)

Violet-Green Swallows (lifers)

Broad-tailed Hummingbird (lifer)

House Finch

Mountain Short-horned Lizard

The Botanical Blacksmiths exhibit features many metal sculptures at the Arboretum.

Western Wood-Pewee

Flagstaff Fun Fact:

This is the U.S. Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station. Visible from The Arboretum, it is the national dark-sky observing facility under the United States Naval Observatory. Flagstaff is also home to Lowell Observatory (where non-planet Pluto was discovered) and Northern Arizona University’s Barry Lutz Telescope and was the first jurisdiction on Earth to enact a light-pollution-control ordinance. Arizona has the densest grouping of dark-sky communities in the world, according to the International Dark-Sky Association: Flagstaff, Oak Creek and Sedona. Most people in the U.S. cannot see the Milky Way. We are fortunate to have many places in Arizona where one can do so.

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3 thoughts on “Cool Pines of Flagstaff

  1. Congratulations on 4 lifers, Candace!
    They are beautiful and so are your photographs of them.
    This look like a beautiful place to be.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. I have many great memories of northern Arizona in the summer. It’s a beautiful place!

    I just realized that I have missed your last couple of posts. I have not gotten email notices of your last posts, and also I have not been receiving all email notices of people’s comments on my blog either. I don’t know if it’s a failure by WordPress or Yahoo email.

    1. It must be a WordPress issue because I have not been receiving notices on comments I make or comments I get either. Like when you make a comment on a comment I made on your post, it never notifies me anymore. And I’ve never received notices of people’s posts. For instance, I “followed” your blog years ago but I’ve never once gotten a notification of your new posts nor anyone else’s. That’s basically what I use my blogroll for…to check other people’s blogs.

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