Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Butterflies

Here are some early autumn butterflies:

Empress Leilia on Desert Hackberry

Bordered Patch

Sleepy Orange on Arizona Foldwing

American Snout

Funereal Duskywing on Paperflower

Palmer's Metalmarks on Rambling Milkweed

Giant Swallowtail on Mexican Bird of Paradise

~ ~ ~ Have a good day! ~ ~ ~

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Late Summer - Early Autumn

Hello! These pictures are from four different days in September.

Paperflower


Deer

Flower crab spider on Desert Marigold

Acacia seeds



Janusia

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake


Harris' antelope ground squirrel


E n j o y  T o d a y !

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mushrooms

I never thought I would be doing a post about mushrooms in the desert, but here it is! I don't know any of their names. I have field guides for birds, reptiles, cacti, wildflowers and butterflies but not mushrooms because I rarely find any. However, we got a lot of rain this monsoon season and mushrooms are popping up now.

This first group of slender mushrooms was standing in a wooded area by the creek.


The next two mushrooms were growing on the side of the road right out in the harsh sunlight where the cacti grow.



These appeared in my backyard. I tipped one over to look at the gills.


I found the remaining mushrooms on the roadside. At first glance I thought this was a ground squirrel standing up:



The last one fascinates me because of the dirt on top and also the light portion on the rust colored cap, a patch of universal veil maybe?


Here's the same mushroom from the above picture nine days later:


Have a good day!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

September

Hello! Here are a variety of snapshots from the desert, around the garden and of the sky.


I've been noticing new needles sprouting on the tops of some young saguaros. It seems that the new spines start out reddish in color before turning light grey. Most of the saguaros around here are too tall to see their tops.


The barrel cacti are blooming!




Hard to see, but there's a metallic green bee crawling out of the red flower.


The two pictures below look almost monochromatic except for the dove's pinkish legs and feet.





A tiny toad on my patio:





Indian Mallows pop up all around the garden. I planted one from the nursery many years ago and now there are about a dozen. I like their soft velvety leaves.


An Albert's towhee has been visiting the backyard this month, usually hopping around in the shadows, but for a second it posed on a chair in the sunlight.



Jupiter and the Moon 9/20/14  5:56am

Orion, Sirius and Jupiter 9/27/14  4:43am

Clouds over Tucson 9/20/14  7:11am

y  W e !

Friday, September 19, 2014

Little Things in the Garden

Greetings! These pictures were taken on different days over the past month. Most are typical sightings for this time of year. I planted zinnia seeds for the first time and I'm surprised how tiny the flowers are, but they are cheerful. The green moth was only about 1/2 inch across, it could have fit on my thumbnail.

queen butterfly, hummingbird, Arizona yellow bell flower,
 bubble floating in our rain flooded backyard, kitty visitor,
background: tree shadows on moonlit wall


bee and Vitex flower


Green insects by the porch light: lacewing, katydid
praying mantis, emerald moth


Zinnias!


"Autumn Joy" sedum, white-lined sphinx moth, mesquite and moon
lesser goldfinch on vitex tree, ruellia, zinnia


giant swallowtail butterfly on mesquite tree

Enjoy your day!