Jun 22 2015

Spring Memories ~ II

Melissa Crytzer Fry

As promised: a continuation of last week’s springtime images in the desert. Click to enlarge and see details! Happy Official Start of Summer (even though this is the time of year we Arizonans hide indoors!).

Stormy skies illuminate vibrant paloverde blooms.

Stormy skies illuminate vibrant paloverde blooms.

The camouflage of the diamondback rattlesnake will never cease to amaze me.

The diamondback rattlesnake’s camo will never cease to amaze – and humble – me.

Desert cottontail enjoying spring greens.

Desert cottontail enjoying spring greens.

It's getting a little tight in here!

It’s getting a little tight in here!

Morning moon peeking through cloud cover.

Morning moon peeking through cloud cover.

It's almost fledge time for the hummie twins (Brian and Stewie).

It’s almost fledge time for the hummie twins (Brian and Stewie).

Also fluttering about the ranch: flycatchers (& babies!)

Also fluttering about the ranch: flycatchers (& babies!)

And we're out of the nest (but still together in the paloverde tree)!

And we’re out of the nest (but still together in the paloverde tree)!

These Reakirt's Blue moths congregated near a garage spigot.

These Reakirt’s Blue moths congregated near a garage spigot.

Red-tailed hawk after shaking his tail feathers.

Red-tailed hawk after shaking his tail feathers.

This venomous Gila Monster's legs were stuck behind a stool until I (cautiously) freed him.

This venomous Gila Monster’s legs were stuck behind a stool until I freed him.

This scraggly, scruffy, fuzzy donkey walked right up to me during a Jeep ride. We call him Scruzzy.

This scraggly, scruffy, fuzzy donkey walked right up to me during a Jeep ride. We call him Scruzzy.

This is one of my favorite Arizona lizards: the long-nosed leopard lizard (behind our house).

This is one of my favorite Arizona lizards: the long-nosed leopard lizard.

Desert sunrise from my rooftop. Splintered saguaro spines at left.

Desert sunrise from my rooftop. Splintered saguaro spines at left.

Enjoy the outdoors while I’m sequestered inside – in the air conditioning!

 


Jun 15 2015

Spring Memories

Melissa Crytzer Fry

We hit 108 degrees today in the desert, which seemed the perfect time to reminisce, pictorially, about the incredible spring we experienced … and to finally put some long overdue springtime photos on my blog.

As you’ll see, the desert was hopping and bopping with wildlife (click each photo to enlarge for greater detail. Really, you should):

Lone quail amid spring wildflowers.

Lone quail amid spring wildflowers.

This elaborate spider web hovers over a grouping of barrel cacti much like a feathery dome.

An elaborate spider web hovers above barrel cacti much like a feathery dome.

Female phainopepla with her stunning red eyes!

Female phainopepla with her stunning red eyes!

Nesting great-horned owl back behind the train trestle.

Nesting great-horned owl back behind the train trestle.

Behind our home.

Behind our home.

Have I mentioned how much I love our train trestle ravens?

Have I mentioned how much I love our railroad ravens?

Yes, that is a teensy-weensie hummingbird head!

Yes, that is a teensy-weensie hummingbird head!

Look how quickly we're growing.

Look how quickly we’re growing.

And we can't forget about our fledging Say's Phoebe babies.

And we can’t forget about our fledging Say’s Phoebe babies.

Mama Black-chinned hummer tending to her growing babies.

Mama Black-chinned hummer tending to her growing babies.

 

The problem with not posting in months? I have many more photos I want to share (including our successfully fledged hummer babies), which I hope to do next week. I just can’t seem to catch my breath this year, but am also hoping to soon share a post that I think you will find buzz-worthy – in the most literal sense of the word “BUZZZZ.”