Sunday, 20 December 2015

Death Amongst the Branches

The cycle of life is not always pretty. Predator and prey in a constant series of maneuvers. Sometimes the prey escapes and sometimes the predator gets to eat.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Winter Skies

Even in the desert the seasons change. The days are still warm but as soon as the sun sets a chill settles over the land.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Sharp Focus

The beauty is in the details. The light catching the spines, the cobwebs shimmering and the seed head suspended, a piece of softness amongst the fierce sharpness.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

On a Date

This pair of House Finches looked so sweet as they shared a drink at the bird bath. I did wonder what was being said............

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Simple Beauty

Can't pass over the regular characters in the yard, they are beautiful too. A Gentle Mourning Dove, sitting quietly in a mesquite, so easily overlooked.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Sunlit Spines

The Golden Barrel Cactus looking particularly resplendent in the afternoon sun.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Most Popular

We recently purchased a sweet little owl seed block. It was almost too cute to feed out but I am glad I did as the birds really love it.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

A Magical Moment

I was chatting to my husband as I walked towards the sliding doors that lead out onto our back patio. Hoping to top up the bird feeders and check the water level in the bird bath. I slid open the door and stepped outside and noticed something sit up in the flower bed.

It only took a millisecond for my mind to process what I was seeing and as I did I stepped back inside and slid the door closed. That allowed me to call my husband over and grab my camera. Clearly I wasn't causing too much consternation as the Bobcat lay back down in the sun.

In fact I was obviously completely uninteresting (make that boring). Sorry birds, the feeders will have to wait for a while.

I had suspected that 'someone' had been sleeping in this particular spot, now I know who it is.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Secrets Revealed - Part Four

The final part of my behind the scenes with the wildlife cameras. The second part of the kitchen cam selection from the last couple of months............. 

Mr Coyote checking out the back patio gate

Bobcat ears

Javalina pretending to look fierce

Coyote had quail for dinner on this night

Whilst the Roadrunner had lizard for breakfast

Two handsome young bucks

And the resident Bobcat working on the rodent population

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Secrets Revealed - Part Three

The third in my series is the kitchen cam. This is the camera closest to the house but it has the highest amount of traffic so I have split it into two posts. Here is the first half............

Bobcat showing off his beautiful fluffy tail

Saunters on by

Good old Wiley casually strolling through

And the Javalina roots around after dark

Wiley caught again

And a personal favourite of mine, the Skunk. Love that tail!

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Secrets Revealed - Part Two

The second in my series of wildlife camera shots, here are a selection of critters from the last couple of months captured by our carport cam.

Our pretty little skunk

The very handsome red 'yotes

Mr Gila Woodpecker pops in to say hi.

The rock squirrel gathering nesting material

An invasion of javalina

Bobcat strolling by

Beautiful Gray Fox

And of course, 'meep, meep' had to put in an appearance.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Secrets Revealed - Part One

My wildlife cameras have been quite busy over the last couple of months. I thought it would be fun to do a series of selections from some of them so here is part one, the driveway cam.

A pair of Bobcats,



Gray Fox

And a handsome young buck.

Sunday, 8 November 2015


Sometimes when photographing the birds in my yard I like to take a different perspective. The standard shots still have their appeal certainly

But sometimes the details appeal

The imperfections, the missing feather

The different angles

The shots that make a subject real rather than posed

Not that I would ever suggest that this fierce little Costas is anything less than perfection

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