Bobcat in the Brush

Bobcat in the Brush The most widespread of all North American wildcats, bobcats can be found across most of the continent in an array of habitats ranging from swamps and prairies, to desert, dense forest, and mountains. Extremely adapatable, they waste no time adjusting to habitat alterations and will prey on reptiles, any manageable mammal,…

Snakes and Turtles

Cold-blooded but rarely clammy, reptiles are represented by such models as turtles, snakes, crocodilians, and lizards.  When watching a large iguana basking on a rock, it’s easy to see the dinosaur ancestry (despite the types of changes that result from millions of years of evolution).  Alligators and crocodiles, on the other hand, are nearly pristine…

Reptile Season

Reptile Season It’s warming up quickly in the valley! The heat means many things for Tucson residents: swimming, cranking up the a/c, daytime activity limitations and, most importantly, reptiles! Over the last few weeks, rattlesnakes (primarily western diamondbacks) have been popping up all over the place. After emerging from such a chilly winter slumber, they…

Cacti and Their Flowers

Far from being the barren wasteland that many imagine a desert being, the Sonoran hosts a plethora of different lifeforms. A large number of these lifeforms are plants, and what plants are better-adapted to desert life than succulents? This desert is home to approximately 300 different cactus species, ranging in size from the tiny hedgehogs…

Water Birds

Which species might you expect to see on a pond, or perhaps hidden among the reeds of a wetland? Ducks, cranes, and herons, of course! This album will heavily represent such species, in addition to a few unusual ones.

Hummingbirds

Some of the most spectacular birds to observe, hummingbirds can be found in practically any color of the rainbow. Their iridescent colors and lightning-fast movements make them extremely challenging, yet rewarding photography subjects. Arizona is home to more species than any other state in the US, species which are most heavily represented in this album.…

Madera Canyon: Birds and Coatis

Madera Canyon: Birds and Coatis One of the most ecologically-diverse regions in North America, Southern Arizona boasts more species of many life forms than anywhere else, north of Mexico. Among them are bees, rattlesnakes and, you guessed it, hummingbirds. Southern Arizona has a unique array of habitats that range from sandy/rocky deserts, to wetlands, alpine…

Coyote Country

Coyotes are incredible creatures. Like wolves, they form tightly-knit family groups or “packs,” sometimes hunting cooperatively to take down larger or more difficult prey. They eat a wide variety of food items, from rabbit (which seem to be the favored entree), to reptiles, birds, eggs, plants, berries and, when they’re desperate, even the occasional roadkill…

Introducing Tucson

Introducing TucsonThe Desert and Her Inhabitants By Ian Adrian | January 9, 2019 Bathed in the light of the golden hour. In the heart of the American Southwest lies a city that, since it’s 1860 founding (although it’s original inhabitants can be traced as far back as 10,000 BC), has grown from a small town…