A desert tortoise cruising across the yard on Friday. The desert certainly has come alive with the arrival of warm weather. During my workshop this morning we watched a rattlesnake slither by right in front of the lower blind. Tons of lizards out now as well.
Got home from a quick trip to Alaska to find the Saguaro cactus beginning to bloom. I’m not sure why, but this is the third spring now that the saguaro have began blooming in the first half of April. By mid April there will be many blooming here which is interest since most parts of Arizona don’t see these guys blooming until May. I’ll take it!
I really enjoy listening to these guys at night. In the past they have nested on a cliff on a property, this year I’m not sure yet. This is actually a captive owl I photographed last weekend during the raptor show at the Sonoran Desert Museum. Great show by the way.
It has been a busy week at the Desert Photo Retreat – we have had visits from Bullock’s, Hooded and Scott’s orioles! All such beautiful birds.
We are running a great special at the Desert Photo Retreat for the month of April. If you book before April 1, you can have exclusive use to the entire property including both photography blinds and can stay in the Airstream which is situated in a beautiful, secluded setting surrounded by saguaro cactus, huge boulders and lots of wildflowers all for just $180! Two people; $240.
If you want one on one personal help with your photography, creating pleasing bird perches, you name it – we are also offer 20% off private instruction as well. Follow the link for all the details: Desert Photo Retreat overnight special.
A cactus wren at the upper blind.
A northern cardinal and brittlebush wildflowers last week at the lower photo blind.
These guys are everywhere except at the lower blind where for some reason the mockingbird aggressively chases them away. It tolerates all other wildlife, and even tolerates these guys at the water drip, but not near the lower feeders!
Northern Mockingbird with Parry’s Penstemon wildflowers last night at the lower blind.
Do you want to learn more about attracting and photographing birds and other wildlife? How about setting up perches, photographing wildflowers and landscapes? Well, we have one spot left for our Arizona Photography Workshop next month!