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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.
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On Patrol© finds two white-nosed burros wandering in the eastern segment of Saguaro National Park. They look as though they are doing fine, scavenging the desert floor searching for a little grass, a little pool of water, and maybe a little petting by some friendly passer-by.
On the Ready
On the Ready©. A handsome Harris hawk stands in the crook of a saguaro while keeping a sharp eye on the ground. Perhaps a nice bunny or a mouse would like to join him for lunch. In the background, it appears that a relative is flying in for the feast.
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?—or 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© is a Gambel’s 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. Don’t move a muscle, but stand yourself and listen. Soon he calls out—not just to his mate, but to his buddies in the area: “All clear.” Everything is safe, at least as viewed from the top of the rock.
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 Arizona’s Saguaro National Park East. The sun is beginning to drop, and the air is becoming cooler. He waits.
Twins©. Twenty-five feet up a multi-branched saguaro you will find an enormous nest built of heavy sticks. And on a nearby cactus, a large hawk watches carefully, squawking and hissing softly. Two chicks reveal the reason for her concern. Here they lean over to see what mom is concerned about. Walk away quickly—you will see the twins again in a few months.
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 can’t see her. Or can we?
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 doesn’t need his belly rubbed or his ears scratched.
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