Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A Good Start

Getting caught up...

Here are the rest of my nature pictures from November 2012:

~ ~ ~ From the Desert ~ ~ ~

~ ~ ~ At the Park ~ ~ ~

~ ~ ~ In the Garden ~ ~ ~

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And, looking out the window this morning, I had an exciting wildlife observation.  A skunk!  Four kinds of skunks live in this area: spotted, striped, hooded and hog-nosed.  I didn't get a picture but I could easily see that it was black with solid white on its back and tail, just like the hog-nosed skunk in this picture from Wikipedia.

Hog-nosed skunk (image from US Public Domain)

Wishing you a very Happy New Year!


Betty Manousos said...

aw, what a treat!

a fantastic set of photos!

happy new year!!!


eileeninmd said...

Wow, these are all wonderful nature shots. I love all the birds and critters. But the flowers and trees are also gorgeous. Happy New Years to you and your family!

Gaelyn said...

Marvelous photos. I always enjoy your desert images.

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Barb said...

Just noticed that you'll be a grandma again soon! It's so cold here in CO, I always look forward to your desert photos. Might visit AZ again in the spring for my "fix." Love the bright yellow cacti!

Betsy Adams said...

Great group of pictures, Diane. You live in such an interesting area... There are so many things to photograph.

We have skunks here --and they are all colors of black and white... I even found one on my deck one time... Yipes!!!

Happy New Year.

Darla said...

Many of these images are breathtakingly radiant! My favorite is of the bean pods against the blue sky (5th photo down) ... I really love the sharpness and simplicity.

And how cool that you saw a skunk! LOL

angryparsnip said...

Wonderful !
So funny but for all the wildlife that wanders through my land I have not seen a skunk.
We had a Bobcat visit on Christmas Day.

cheers, parsnip

Stiletto said...

I like your 'Natural Geography' photo series. Great photos!

Jo said...

Happy New Year, Diane.Love the photos. Your first bird image looks like our mousebird. Greetings, Jo

teca said...

Loved! Marvelous shots! Beautiful nature!!

Have a nice new year!!
Warm hug from Brasil.

Thérèse said...

I wish you a Happy New Year too without any skunk around your home though... :-)

DeniseinVA said...

Loved all these photos Diane, exciting to see the skunk. Those surprises always are. Happy New Year!

Janie said...

Great photos! I love the wildlife shots.
Seeing a skunk just outside the window must've been fun - as long as he didn't decide you were a threat and give you a scented surprise!
Happy 2013!

Lrong said...

Those yellow flowers? or fruits? They look so pretty! Happy new year to you and your loved ones...

kulasa said...

wow, what a fabulous series of shots...I love the beauty of nature and life you captured so much that I do not know which I love most...the vivid colors make me so cheerful....love those little wings and flowers and leaves and yes I wish you could have captured the skunk too :) Happy New Year! :D

Kiran palwasha said...

The Rabbit, the Ducks... all photos are great. You have lovely blog.