Tuesday, February 2, 2010

My World - Viewing Nature

Most mornings around sunrise I look at the sky from my window.

When it's light enough, I like to go for a little walk in my corner of the world, which happens to be the desert.

I marvel at yellow sunlight gracing various surfaces, and see what the plants look like on this particular day.

plump heart-shaped prickly pear pad


last year's cholla fruit still hanging on


ripe desert mistletoe berries

Birds are usually the first wildlife to catch my attention:

rock wren


bluebird on cactus skeleton

Many of these birds are common, but it's still exciting to view and listen to them.
cactus wren


grackles atop telephone pole

Sometimes I encounter a species that I've never seen before, like these cedar waxwings, and that's a special thrill.
cedar waxwings


I've walked this path countless times before, yet I never grow bored of it. This month I will get to see some wildflowers, butterflies, ground squirrels and reptiles!

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34 comments:

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Striking photos especially of those cute little birds. Like you I always notice the birds but rarely able to capture them with my camera. Your photos are wonderful

Anya said...

Your morning sunrise is almost red colored BEAUTIFUL :-)
All birds are so CUTE ...
Unique shots !!!

(@^.^@)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Diane, You live in such a beautiful part of the world... That heart-shaped prickly pear cactus is PERFECT for Valentine's Day!!!!

Love all of your birdies also... I think there are Grackles EVERYWHERE... Gads!!!

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful set of photos, I love the heart shaped cactus plant. And of course I love all the birds photos. The Waxwings are always a treat to see. Is the bluebird a western bluebird? They are so pretty. Great photos and thanks for stopping by my blog. I feel the same way as you do about nature and the birds.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful nature photography. The shots of birds are very nice.

rainfield61 said...

You have started you day with such a beautiful moment.

This is what most of us eagerly searching for.

Catherine said...

these are beautiful photos of a stunning place - where are you exactly in the desert??

Diane AZ said...

Hi Catherine, thanks, I'm in the foothills north of Tucson.

Windie said...

You pictures are so amaizing. I invite you to visit my blog. www.smile-windie.blogspot.com/

DoanLegacy said...

These are gorgeous pictures, and you have so many beautiful birds!

Icy BC said...

Beautiful photos! The heart shaped cactus is awesome, and the last two photos of cedar waxwings are just out of this world!

Jen said...

That heart shaped prickly pear is great!
Congrats on all he bird sightings too-I guess they decided they like you . ;)

Martha Z said...

You certainly are rewarded for getting up at sunrise. We are still sleeping through sunrise since the cloud cover obsucres it.

My favorit of this set is the bluebird on the skelital cactus. That image is worthy of a frame. I don't think I have seen a cedar waxwing, a very pretty bird I would like to see.

Lance said...

Your view of the world is magnificent, Diane!

Regina said...

A blessed amazing beauty!
Love your side of the world.
Awesome captures Diane.

Gaelyn said...

Diane, I so enjoy going on a sunrise walk with you in the southern desert.

Ebie said...

As I wander from blog to blog, I now have the desire to go bird watching one day. The waxwings are camouflaged as kapok pods. You captured this shot perfectly.

Stephanie said...

That heart-shape cacti is marvellous ;-D Pricks but sweet.... ironic ha ha... Nice find and good shot Diane! It is always nice to drop by your blog. Have a great day.

Loree said...

The first photo is breath-taking.

Evelyn Howard said...

Amazing world... I like the second photo - such a different world.

Misalyn said...

You have such an amazing world. I like the heart shaped cactus. I have never seen such kind of cactus, and the bird shots..all are wonderful.

cieldequimper said...

How could you get bored, it's so beautiful and colourful!

Arasu said...

Photos of many types of birds look interesting and beautiful. The cactus skeleton formed a nice design and makes that photo beautiful with colorful bluebird.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

You know Diane, a lot of people might look at these pictures and wonder what on earth you see which is nice about this dry desert. I look at it and see so much beauty there which surrounds you. Things which are so totally different and unknown to city folks. I love seeing these pictures of yours. They make me think of wide open spaces, fresh air and a part of nature I love.

Kathiesbirds said...

I tired to find some cedar waxwings last month but failed. So you had them up there! We added bluebirds to our Sabino Canyon Bird count last month for the first time ever! I like the shot of the one sitting on the cactus skeleton.

Audrey Low said...

these are gorgeous photos!you really get a sense of the quietness

April said...

Diane,
Thanks for all the visits coming from your site to www.goododles.com! Your happiness as you meander along the desert pathways is in the stunning beauty of your photos. The sunrise still has me smiling...and good for energetic you to catch it each morning! By the way, one of the goodoodles in my blog is about the guacamole at Loews Ventana Canyon and its delightful signed trails up to the waterfall. While I recall the shock the building of the hotel created decades ago on an up to then virgin desert, I think it did so in a tasteful, unobtrosive way and gives back with every visitor who falls in love as they learn more about the beautiful Arizona Sonora desert. Just as you give back with each post. Smiles, April

April said...

P.S. I intended to say thanks, not plug my blog, but since i did, at least i should have noticed the misspell! www.goodoodles.com
That's a mother of four on the run for you!!! Have a great one!

deedee said...

Did you get all that rain we did last week? Just wondering.....

Diane AZ said...

Hi Deedee, We got a good amount of rain and it was delightful!

Thérèse said...

I love the bluebird on the Cholla's skeleton!

Happily Retired Gal said...

What a lovely morning view you have each day ... marvelous photographs of your desert world ... beautiful cactus views and delightful array of feathers friends too. Thanks for sharing ;-)
Hugs and blessings,

Lindy MacDuff said...

I would imagine you'll have quite the show of wildflowers this spring.

Beautiful walking trail you have. And look at all those cedar waxwings; not one but NINE!

yoon see said...

I have never see pink cactus beforeand also heart shape cactus.
Now you show me all.
Thanks Diane, these shot are so uplifting!
Great day, great day!