Snakes Alive!

Ron Niebrugge Arizona, Phoenix, Photos, Travel, Wildlife 22 Comments

snakes

At least for one of them.  This is a Common King Snake attacking what I think is a Western Shovel-Nosed Snake.  It might be a Sonoran Coralsnake.  This was really something to see.  They were still battling when it got dark, but clearly the much larger King Snake was winning.  It will be interesting to see if there is any sign of them in the morning.

I had been wanting to explore along the Verde River, and choose tonight to venture into the thick brush because it was cool, and I didn’t think I would have to worry about any snakes – so much for that thinking! 

Golf Course at The Phoenician

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Golf Course at The Phoenician

Canyon Golf Course at The Phoenician, Scottsdale, Arizona.

My time in the Phoenix area wouldn’t be complete without some coverage of the resorts in the area – resorts like these, along with the weather are really why most people visit this area.  I gotta say this is a pretty easy place to photograph!  I didn’t get scratched by a single cactus, or even bitten by any bugs, although I do seem a little more at home getting bitten and scratched out in the desert somewhere.

Here are more Scottsdale photos.

NOVA National Stage Mountain Bike Race

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NOVA National Stage Mountain Bike Race

2008 NOVA National Stage Mountain Bike Race, McDowell Competitive Track, Arizona.

Our favorite mountain biking / running trails looked more like a NASCAR race this past weekend with trailers and booths for all the major mountain bike race teams.  You see, this was second location in a series of six that will help determine who represents the U.S. in the Olympics.  In other-words, as it was explained to me, these are some of the best riders in the world.

I didn’t know about these races before we arrived here, but it turned out to be a fun photo opportunity!  These are the pro men competing on the final event of Sunday – a 30 mile cross-country race.

Here are more mountain biking photos.

Scottsdale Art Walk

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Scottsdale Art Walk

A visitor enjoying artwork Thursday night while taking part of the Scottsdale Art Walk, Scottsdale, Arizona. 

The Art Walk is held on Thursdays from 7 to 9 pm in the Downtown Scottsdale Art District.  Scottsdale is home to over 100 art galleries, and the Art Walk has been a tradition for over 30 years.

Here is our gallery of Scottsdale photos.

Desert Colors

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Desert Colors

Fountain Hills, Arizona.

This was a colorful cluster of wildflowers.  The desert globe mallow (orange flowers) were just starting to bloom.  The brittlebush (yellow) and the chuparosa (red) flowers were sure looking great!  This was shortly before sunrise.