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Gallery 1-3 - 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 back to pages 1, 2, or go to Old Tucson Only in this Gallery, or use the tags at the top to view other galleries on our site and place your order.

Scout

Scout 

   Scout©.  Whole families of Gambleís quail skitter around on the desert floor.  They donít seem to want to fly and rely instead on running in so many twisting directions that it is difficult for our bobcats and  coyotes  to catch them.  But sometimes the males do fly up to a very low perch and appear to act as sentinels for the family.  Scout is making sure that his family is safe.

Silent Visitor

Silent Visitor ▲ 

   Silent Visitor©.  The day is dark and overcast with a bit of fog.  Somewhere in the desert  there is a tableau of cactus, lichen, and rock that brightens even under the subdued light of the day.  And unexpectedly, a little ocelot scampers soundlessly up the rocks in search of an appetizing and sleepy bunny.

 

Stepping Out

Stepping Out

Stepping Out©.  Two barn owls have found a perch in a window of this old building.  Each is standing on a single leg; their eyes seem almost closed.  Are they asleep?óor just waiting stealthily for a little lunch to pass by outside?  You will need to keep watching.

 

                         Top of the Rock 

 

Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock© is a Gambelís quail standing there quietly.  In fact, he is a scout watching carefully to be sure that no harm comes to his nearby mate and their huge brood of tiny chicks.  Donít move a muscle, but stand yourself and listen.  Soon he calls outónot just to his mate, but to his buddies in the area:  ďAll clear.Ē  Everything is safe, at least as viewed from the top of the rock.

 

 

 

Toward Twilight 

  Toward Twilight© a coyote wanders stealthily down the Rincon Mountains in search of a morsel or two.  He stands now, before a little rock outcrop in Arizonaís Saguaro National Park East.  The sun is beginning to drop, and the air is becoming cooler.  He waits. 

 

Up a Tree

Up a Tree

  Up a Tree©.  A young bobcat has been prowling the area looking for an unwary rabbit or bird that would like to join her for lunch.  Between making her rounds, she conserves energy by returning to her lookout post twenty feet up a  mistletoe encrusted ironwood tree.  There, she can watch us, but we canít see her.  Or can we?

 

What Are You Looking At?

What Are You Looking At?

What Are You Looking At?©.  A little unpaved dirt road in the Santa Rita Mountains seems abandoned.  At least that was why a few white tail deer decided it was a nice place to wander.  So it turns out that this guy is surprised to see you hereóand curious as to what you are doing.  How will you answer?

 

Wile E. Coyote

Wile E. Coyote

   Wile E. Coyote©.   Appearances can be deceiving.  He looks like a friendly creature just taking in a little sun while dozing on a rock.  But the rocky perch gives him a better view of what may be moving  somewhere under the brush.  When it moves, he jumps, and settles in for lunch.  But no, he doesnít need his belly rubbed or his ears scratched. 

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