Reflection's Flora and Fauna
A collection of my photos of flora and fauna, and maybe now and then,
something else that catches my attention and just will not let go.
Maybe even with little verbage, which is pretty hard for this gal.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

A Special Daffodil, Jerome Arizona

I love the little white tips on this daffodil.


Friday, April 29, 2011

Arizona Hedgehog Cactus

From the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior, Arizona.  The signage indicated that these are endangered, and that javelina's find them a tasty morsel to snack on.  These hedgehogs were "rescued" from a road improvement site and are being studied for 5 years to see if discoveries can be made as far as growing conditions, etc.


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

It Bees Good, and Smells Even Better

Have no idea what this bush was, but, it smelled sweet and heavenly, and obviously, our little friend here, thought so too!.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011

Desert Star, Name Unknown

Taken at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior, Arizona, I have not identified this petite white/pinkish yellow centered flower.


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Bishop's Cap

This is also called Bishop's Hat and Bishop's Miter Cactus, or in fancy terms, astrophyum myriostigma.  I think Bishop's Cap is easier to remember, don't you??


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

That Bug, EWWWW

Over at Reflections the other day I hinted at a photo of a bug, here is that bug, 4 views.  No, I have NO idea what it is, but, it did fly.  It was like Man and I walked into a small swarm of them on the back side of Silly Mountain.  Ewwwwwww!



Thursday, April 21, 2011

Mexican Honeysuckle


Not the best photo, but those colors!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Butterflies and the Mescal Bean Flower


No attempts to identify the butterflies were made.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Another Look at the Saguaro, REAL Close

I know, I know, I have done a LOT of posts on the Saguaro.  It is a magnificent plant, how can I not!

Here it is real real close up:

See, it is amazing!  Beautiful, picky, but beautiful.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Golden Columbine

While at Montezuma Well near Camp Verde Arizona we were down by the irrigation canal area where a sign stated that the golden columbine grew nearby.  I spotted this beautiful specimen as we left the area.  I could only get a photo from the back/side.  The columbine was growing in an area that was off limits to human feet, and mmmm, it was growing at the top of a rather steep hill too!  So, I settled for this, thanks to Sony and it's zoom!

Photo was cropped, sharpened, and subjected to darkening and contrast enhancement.  No color changes were made.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Rocks? With Hair? Nope, Chin Cactus

Found at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum.  Was in the plants for sale area, for $2.95.  Maybe should have purchased it.  I love how it is hard to distinguish from the stones it is planted in.  Camouflage at it's best!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Maiden Hair Fern


And, close up.

These photos were taken April 8, 2011 at the Montezuma Well near Camp Verde Arizona.  They grow in only one small spot at this site.  Prehistoric farmers dug a mile long irrigation canal that is about 3 feet deep that runs from the well to farm land they used.  The water coming through this canal is a constant 75 degrees, and that part of why the ferns grow here.

Here is the irrigation canal, the ferns, and walls of rock.

The photos don't do the scene justice, it was quiet, beautiful, almost spiritual.

Montezuma Well is in a desert area, amazing what a little warm water and some shade will grow.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Saguaro, Home to Many

The saguaro is abundant in the Sonoran Desert.  It has many uses, including furniture making.  It is also home to many of the desert's fauna.

Here are two photos of bird nests in one Saguaro I found while hiking on Silly Mountain, near Apache Junction Arizona.

These next photos are of a different Saguaro, same hike, same mountain.

Lets peak a little closer, a feather, and behind it, a nest?

I found this as I was taking a photo of this little guy, same saguaro.

And, a little bit closer:

Believe this is a cactus wren.  Sony was zoomed almost to the max, bird still a little out of focus.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Mr. G Goes Hiking, The EASY Way

Our Mr. G, aka, Gallagher, was having an off day, and mom was reluctant to leave him in Tana, so, he got to go hiking with us that day.  Not a bad way to go hiking is it??