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Rectangular Spotlight

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Suki has discovered that on sunny winter days the sunlight coming through one of the bedroom windows forms a spotlight on the floor. That must seem to a cat like an ideal place to nap.


Written by csanders429

June 15, 2018 at 9:09 am

Not Welcome in Our House

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The aviary at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum near Tucson, Arizona, allows you to walk in the habitat of the birds that live there.

I entered the double-door facility with an eye toward photographing some of the residents.

The birds are probably used to being seen and having people walk through.

I’m sure it is my imagination, but the bird in the top photo, which was on the ground, seems to be casting a disapproving eye on me as I snap the picture.

The bird in the tree above in the second photo appears to be striking a predator-like pose.

Written by csanders429

May 21, 2018 at 7:04 am

Bee and Butterfly

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Look carefully toward the center of this image. It may not be obvious at first, but there are two things that fly collecting something from those flowers.

There is a butterfly and a bee juxtaposed against each other. It even took me a couple minutes to pick out the bee because it is not so obvious.

There is also a bee toward the bottom of the frame that is more visible.

The image was made at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum near Tucson, Arizona.

Written by csanders429

May 14, 2018 at 7:04 am

Are You Looking at Me?

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The prairie dogs always seem to be active at their exhibit at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona.

I’ve always thought it odd that prairie dogs reside in a region known as a desert, but apparently the creatures live there, too.

The prairie dogs didn’t look at me for long. There were goodies to munch on and other things to do. They never seem to stand or sit still for long.

Written by csanders429

March 22, 2018 at 6:03 am

Not Gonna Open My Eyes

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Yeah, I knew you are making photographs of me and you want me to open my eyes, but I’m in the middle of a nap in the afternoon sunlight and that’s more important than any photograph you want to make. Come back in a couple of hours and maybe I’ll be awake.

Written by csanders429

February 15, 2018 at 7:08 am

Beavers in the Desert

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I didn’t know that the Sonoran Desert had beavers until I visited the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson.

When I think of a desert I think of an arid land devoid of water.

The definition of desert at describes a desert as “a region so arid because of little rainfall that it supports only sparse and widely spaced vegetation or no vegetation at all.”

Yet the Sonoran Desert has ample plant life, including the iconic Saguaro cactus plants that often define the American Southwest.

Apparently there are pockets of water in the desert in which animals such as beaver can flourish.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department reports that beavers can be found along several permanent streams, some of the larger river stretches, certain shallow lakes, and even a few dirt-lined canals.

I photographed this beaver swimming along in a display at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum near Tucson.

Written by csanders429

January 19, 2018 at 6:58 am

Just ‘nother Cat Photo

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If you are an animal lover, you can’t get enough photographs of them, particularly when they are your own pets. So it is with our cat Suki. Here she is doing what she does every afternoon. It was an unusual day in that we had afternoon sunlight rather than the usual day of winter gray. She found the corner of the bed where the sunlight streams through. I never could get her to open her eyes. Typical cat, I suppose.

Written by csanders429

January 5, 2018 at 6:11 am

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