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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.

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May 21, 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.

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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.

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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 dictionary.com 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.

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January 19, 2018 at 6:58 am

In a Square Spotlight

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Suki seems to have figured which way the sun moves and comes in our bedroom windows. In late morning to early afternoon, it comes through the window and onto the floor, making a square-shaped pattern in the process. In another hour or so it will be illuminating a corner of the bed and Suki will have moved to there to spend her afternoon hours soaking it up while napping.

It’s a Dog’s Life

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There are times when I envy the lives that our pets lead. I particularly think that when I see our cat lying in the sun during the afternoon without a care in the world.

But we’re humans and not animals and our friends from the animal world provide us with hours of pleasure, including sometimes being envious of the lives they lead.

Shown is a dog belonging to a couple who were on the Main Street beach in Vermilion, Ohio, last September. They had their dog out with them and the guy was playing the “fetch the ball” game.

Of course the dog had to take a dip in Lake Erie.

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December 4, 2017 at 7:50 am

Sun Worshipper

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Suki has an afternoon routine. She stretches out on a corner of the bed and soaks up the sunlight coming in through a window facing south. She might even get on the floor and lay in the sunlight. In this image, she appears to be placing her arms and paws toward the sun as though engaging in a worshiping ritual.

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November 28, 2017 at 8:30 am