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Gallery 1-1 - Scenes in the Southwest

    In many of these scenes the animals and trees call out to us in a way that seems as timeless as the terrain they inhabit.  Others speak of the rich and mixed cultural heritage of the Southwest--Native, Hispanic and American.  In every case, the scenes are real, very real, and it is the art of digitography that has brought them alive.  Be sure and check our other galleries; they overlap a little.

   If you are from the Tucson area or just love this special place, we have a special page for you--Old Tucson Only.

    For your convenience, we've placed only a few images on each page of this gallery.  When you are ready, go to pages 2, 3 or Old Tucson Only in this Gallery, or use the tags at the top to view other galleries on our site and place your order.

All Ears

All Ears

    All Ears© shows a jackrabbit with his ears caught glowing in the sun.  We aren’t sure why he stopped to visit, as many of his relatives refused to sit for their portraits.  In this case it seems he was enchanted by the background, up on a high rocky hillside with a little of that green yucca behind him that will keep his teeth clean and shiny…and his ears bright.

 

Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather©.  A pair of golden eagles are looking sharply to see what may be passing by.  Soon, they will leave their perch and head out in search of dinner.  This pair seems very elegantly turned out; but don’t come too close—those claws are real.

 

Black Hills Back Country Byway

Black Hills Open Range 

Black Hills Open Range©.  The Sonoran Desert runs to the west, and the Chihuahuan Desert lies to the east.  Here, between, roll the Black Hills, a nearly deserted area of eroded lava beds and grasses.  The Black Hills is unfenced open range, supporting a large variety of life from both the deserts and the nearby Gila River and Peloncillo Mountains.

 

Dinner Time

Dinner Time

  Dinner Time©.  Here the proud parent seems to be showing off her new little humming bird brood.  The kids aren’t having any of this; it is dinner time and they want to be sure mom has brought home some delicious nectar.   There is no time to waste; let’s get some food. 

 

End of the Road

End of the Road

   End of the Road©.  We can’t identify this vehicle; there just isn’t enough left.  In a struggle between civilization and the relentless elements of the desert, the desert is heavily favored to win.  The saguaro was probably a few feet shorter when the auto drove up, but it wasn’t likely to be moved by something so small and helpless.

 

Fancy Meeting You

Fancy Meeting You

Fancy Meeting You©.  This male Mexican or “desert” cardinal (birders call him a “pyrhuloxia”) has hopped beneath a prickly pear to see what is happening.  He stays long enough to introduce himself before he hops away, probably in search of some delicious bugs or cactus fruits.  Somewhere behind, you can just hear his mate calling him home.

 


Fluffy

Fluffy

 Fluffy©.  About two days back, this little hummer climbed unsteadily out of her nest, tried out some new wings and feathers, and took off.  But here she is, back again, all fluffed out and looking sort of pleased with her new experience of freedom.

 

Foxy Lady

Foxy Lady

Foxy Lady©.  It has been a long day for this little Arizona grey fox.  Nonetheless, she is slyly thinking about the next feast she will enjoy.  At only about six pounds, she can both chase food on the ground and hunt it in the tree branches.  Today the hunt is over, and she is taking a brief rest outside her rocky den.

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