It’s my April blog post! These 2 photos were not taken today on Earth Day but earlier this week at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. We had visiting relatives and took them there…sadly, it was HOT!!!!! But we still had a nice time…this is a Gila Woodpecker and a Desert Spiny Lizard.Chihuly in the Desert was also installed amid all the lovely flora at the garden. These are just a couple pieces:
You can see that the desert is in full bloom, too.
It was extremely windy here in Phoenix today and the birds were having a hard time navigating. This Inca Dove was being buffeted about so much that she had to use her wings to stabilize herself while scrounging for food.
And here are a few more photos from my yard a few days ago…
A Bee-fly, Rosy-faced Lovebirds, and a Verdin sunny side up.
Ferguson and Torti are now sporting new peace sign collars:
And Ferguson, of course, is always busy, always challenging himself…with geometry problems and learning to play the piano, ragtime, of course…
…While Bouche and Callie romped in the dirt and flowers on this sunny, windy Earth Day.
Much like the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale, the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve, located in North Phoenix, has over 18,000 acres of beautiful desert views including 36 miles of exciting multi-use trails. The wildflowers were just beginning to bloom but the tons of Chollas were glowing in the sun.
We were at the Apache Wash Trailhead where a mountain biker crashed into a rattlesnake that same day and was bit. We did see an ambulance but didn’t know about this until seeing it on the news that night. It’s rattler season.
The female Black-throated Sparrow is the nest builder (you can see her gathered materials in her bill) and a breeding pair is very territorial so the one on the nearby cactus must have been her mate.
Cactus Wrens, Arizona’s State Bird
These two were also together so I imagine they are mates, too.
Painted Lady Butterfly
There were really pretty views here.
A perfect plump Saguaro after all our rain
It was hazy but in the distance, we could see Four Peaks, 42 miles away, as the crow flies, still covered with the recent snow.
The day before, we drove around trying to get a good view of Four Peaks with the snow, away from houses and buildings. This was taken somewhere north of Fountain Hills…
It’s been in the 80s the last couple of days; the snow has all melted. Spring is coming to the desert.