Category Archives: Phoenix

Critters Prettily Lit

Thrasher BuffetedCurve-billed Thrasher

The above bird was seen at Glendale Xeriscape Garden (on a very windy day). I’ve been to quite a few locations in the past couple of weeks looking for birds but didn’t get enough good shots at any to make a post on their own so the theme here is “pretty lighting.”

Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center:Hummer AudubonAnna’s Hummingbird, male

Phoebe Stick 1Black Phoebe

Sorry, Dragonfly :(

Sorry, Dragonfly😦

Tempe Town Lake:Verdin Munch 2Verdin

Desert Botanical Garden:Finch BabyHouse Finch, juvenile

RT Ground SquirrelRound-tailed Ground Squirrel

Glenrosa Estates (our yard):Towhee PineAbert’s Towhee

2 SkippersCommon-checkered and Fiery Skippers

IncasInca Doves

Liz MesquiteTree Lizard

Gila WPGila Woodpecker, male

BCHU BuzzyBlack-chinned Hummingbird, male

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*I’m adding this post to the weekly WordPress Photo Challenge because it represents how I view the Earth through my lens. Check some of the other blog posts out.

Early Spring at the DBG

Finch Cactus

Finch Minimalist

Finch Nest BuildHouse Finches

The cacti are not yet blooming but the birds and other critters are busy~singing, nest-building, flying, and running around at the Desert Botanical Garden.

Harris's antelope SquirrelHarris’s Antelope Squirrel

Ground Squirrel

SquirrelRound-tailed Ground Squirrels

Cactus WrenCactus Wren


Anyone nesting in there? Guess not.

Gila WPGila Woodpecker

Starling SneezingEuropean Starling

This poor Starling kept sneezing, he must have spring allergies.

YRWA DBGYellow-rumped Warbler, Audubon’s

3 Hawks

Red-tailed HawkRed-tailed Hawks

There were 5 of these hawks circling together.

Mourning DoveMourning Dove

ThrasherCurve-billed Thrasher



RCKI DBG CrownRuby-crowned Kinglet

I know that’s a bad photo but it’s the first time I’ve actually seen the red crown on one of these very fast-moving birds.


BTGCBlack-tailed Gnatcatcher

Sign 1

Sign 2

Sign 3

I’ll be spending more time at the DBG because I start my volunteer orientation there this weekend!

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Spring is Blooming


Poppy Bud Crop

Pink Gerbera

At least in Arizona, it is. These photos were all taken at Dig It Urban Gardens and Nursery, close to my house.

Sunflower Bud


Poppy Bud 2

Poppy Bee

Poppy and Bee



Peach Blossoms

Long Purp

Light Lavender




Red Poppy

Red Bud


Hope Spring is headed your way, too.

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Papago Winter

Snowy 1

Snowy 2Snowy Egret

These photos were from a recent late afternoon visit to Papago Park in Phoenix.

PhoebeBlack Phoebe

Ring-necked Duck Head

Ring-necked DuckRing-Necked Duck Drake

CormorantNeotropic Cormorant

Snowy 3Snowy and Cormy

Shoveler ReedsNorthern Shoveler

Papago has a lot of reeds which can make for interesting patterns on the water.

GallinuleCommon Gallinule, immature

GrebePied-Billed Grebe

I went there in search of these lifers, Northern Pintails, and I found them. There were 3 drakes and a popular hen.

Pintail 5

Pintail 1

Pintail Couple

Pintail 4

Pintail 3

Pintail 2

After posing nicely, they swam off into the sunset.

4 Pintails

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Wood Vert

I live in a “trendy” neighborhood, meaning the houses are old and a lot of residents and/or flippers are renovating them. Ours is still in the “fixer upper” stage in many ways and I hope to start on some of those projects in the upcoming months when I have more spare time.

Back in June, I had a guest post by Satinder Haer of Zillow and she also wrote another one that I am posting now. Once again, I am receiving no compensation of any kind from Zillow. I’m including architectural highlight photos that I took around my trendy neighborhood.


Why Move to Phoenix?

By Satinder Haer of Zillow
Not many people would turn down 320 days of sunshine each year, and Phoenix residents are among those who take advantage of the long, bright season. Why hasn’t everyone already scrambled to move there? The population of Phoenix remains small. In addition to the expansive golf courses, vacation resorts and desert scenery that makes Phoenix a great tourist spot is a thriving and steadily expanding metropolis.

Chris Art
But the close proximity to travel destinations, sunny skies and the low cost of living might be the best-kept secrets of current Phoenix residents. Check out why you should consider relocating to Phoenix.

Glass bricks
Phoenix is a hub for numerous destinations across the region. If you’re a fan of the outdoors, take advantage of Arizona’s 22 national parks, six national forests and endless hiking trails. Explore many of these outdoor adventures via a quick 30-minute car ride. Or, make a weekend trip out of it by visiting a site outside of the city. Alternatively, snag great off-season deals at local resorts and treat yourself to a weekend of relaxation in a neighboring town.

For those that would rather vacation outside the state, California and Mexico are both accessible. It’s a 6-hour drive from Phoenix to San Diego if you’re longing to see the ocean, or 8 hours to Los Angeles to spot celebrities. Mexico offers Puerto Penasco, less than a full day’s drive from Phoenix.

The sweltering Arizona heat is often discussed fearfully by potential movers. While a few weeks in the summer reach temperatures above 100 degrees, the dry heat keeps humidity levels low; meaning it feels much cooler than being in a location with the same temperature with high humidity.

Josh Window
Don’t let the desert heat scare you off from moving to Phoenix without exploring the upside. Phoenix experiences seven months of glorious sunshine while most of the country is battling snow and rain. The five month “cold season” in Phoenix has an average daily high of 73 degrees. Residents of Phoenix can golf, swim and make outdoor plans without worrying about bad weather for most of the year. Plus, the days are long year-round, with early sunrises and late sunsets.

Wood Slats
Cost of Living
Phoenix has a low cost of living compared to the national average, 4 percent lower. It’s particularly low in comparison to other major cities. Real estate prices contribute significantly to the low cost of living. Home values in Phoenix are 6 percent lower than national values with a median home value of $174,000. Rents, too, are lower at $1,185, while U.S. rents cost $1,367. Additionally, groceries in Phoenix are 2 percent cheaper than the national average while transportation and healthcare each cost 1 percent above the average.

For comparison, the cost of living in Miami is 14 percent higher than the national average, Dallas is at the national average and New York is 126 percent higher. If you’re seeking a city lifestyle without city prices, Phoenix is a solid bet.
In addition to these benefits, Phoenix offers plenty of culture, food and entertainment, too. If you’re feeling the moving itch consider communities in Phoenix.

Yellow House

Red Door