Sonoran Desert Companions II

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More images of animals that live in the Sonoran Desert. Coyotes, bobcats, roadrunners, and gila monsters must have moved along — haven’t seen them in a while.  I live in a fairly high-density Tucson neighborhood with vehicle traffic at peak hours. In search of food, wildlife is smart enough to travel the washes and desert trails. They can reach the Santa Catalina Mountains from my area. Coyotes and bobcats will leap walls to grab a small dog or an outside cat. Rattlesnakes will come into a yard and make a deadly strike. Life in the desert, any desert, comes at a price.

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Sonoran Desert Companions

 

       The Sonoran Desert covers some 120,000 sq. miles and is the largest desert in Arizona. The area includes the Southwest U.S. (Arizona and California), and Northwest Mexico. From a Google site here are some numbers: 350 bird species, 160 reptile species, and 60 species of mammals.  I take simple photographs in my Tucson neighborhood, and I’m happy to share them with you. 

I apologize for the jumble of where the images are placed and their sizes. Word Press is a challenge, and I don’t have time/interest to spend figuring things out. (Let me say, I tried for way too long. The program is, again, a challenge.) I’ll add more wildlife images in a slide format (much easier) under Sonoran Desert Companions II. I hope you like the critters that live where I live.

 

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Mourning Dove Eggs

 

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Dove and Chicks

 

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Coot – Sweetwater Treatment Plant

 

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Paper Wasp Nest

 

 

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Tarantula
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Ann’s Owl

 

 

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King Snake

 

 

 

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Bat and Verdin

 

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Sleeping Bat

Still Dreamin’

The dream of Martin Luther King has yet to be fulfilled. Fifty years is a long time, and we haven’t made all that much progress. And, you know what I’m thinking about.

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Although Dr. Martin Luther King’s life ended at the Lorraine Motel, his dream lives on.

Trail Camera Images

Fun time with my Browning trail camera (Model BTC-5HD). The camera sits on a tripod, and I usually clip the strap around a tree trunk. I’m waiting for a javelina or a bobcat, and either one could tip the ‘pod. I set up just after dark. Some mornings the disc has zero images.  A few days ago, the shutter had triggered 70 times.

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The desert has few watering holes. Birds fly in for a drink.

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Coyotes prowl for food during the night. Rabbits run!

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Mickey, the mouse sniffed about and ran home head first. 

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First rabbit image with trail camera.

 

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“Let’s hop on over to the water dish.”

I Read Your Sign – Mine is Libra

 

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Cape May, NJ

If a quirky sign catches my attention, and many have, I’ll take a photo and add the image to my expanding collection. In these dreary days of winter weather and hashtag political nonsense, I have a distraction for my blogger friends. Wonderfully creative messages and opinions are often nailed with only a few words. Many of these signs gave me a smile and a perspective about people and their opinions.  I don’t have a picture of my favorite bumper sticker – Don’t Believe Everything You Think. I sold the ’94 Honda Accord, and the sticker went with the sale.

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Enjoy the slide show.    

 

Tax Credit for 2017

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The 2017 donation checks are in the mail. Ten nonprofits made my list, and of those, two are cat shelters that my sister, who is now in feline heaven, has supported. The runners-up, fine organizations all, know where I live. In 2018 they will send mailing labels, calendars, dream catchers, stickers, nickels, bookmarks, maps, note pads, and photos of  children and animals in need of food, medicine, shelter, and compassion.

Last November I started to save bulk mail, and by the end of December I had a stack of envelopes. My name and address are linked to a segment of the political and social stratosphere. I receive nothing from the NRA, the Republican party, or religious organizations – except St. Jude’s Hospital, which I don’t count as secular. In some abstract way what I value and support has been synthesized. I imagine computer programs sending millions of potential donor profiles to advocacy organizations. That puts me on lists for animal shelters, nature preservation, social justice, literacy, population awareness, women’s health, shelters, recovery/rehab, and Tucson’s kid camp.

Remember the saying, You Are What You Eat? From the send-us-money letters I receive, I am correctly targeted. I use Charity Navigator (http://www.charitynavigator.org/) as a source to filter organizations. Many have a strong advocacy and persistence, but high administrative costs. When a CEO makes mega-bucks, I should be asking fill in the name for money. My bottom line: No contribution when an executive’s annual salary is a high six-figure income.

Best wishes to all for 2018. Let’s work to improve the health of our planet, and the lives of its people and animals.

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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

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Silhouettes & Exhibits

The current exhibits at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art fill the mind, eye, and heart with wonder. When I needed a time-out, I sat on a bench near the 7th floor elevators. I photographed people who walked from the elevators to the galleries. In silhouette they created an unexpected exhibit with the right elements – light, dark, lines, and tension. I sat there fascinated by the people who wandered in front of my camera as I clicked away. An apartment building adjacent to the museum provided vertical lines and rectangles to create a background of convenient abstraction. The public area was filled by some who sat on a ledge and also wanted down-time. Others walked passed with intention to enjoy the “Soundtracks” exhibits available until January 1, 2018.

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Not to be missed: Celeste Boursier-Mougenot’s water with bowls and sound, clinamen v.3. The zen-like combination of sound, movement, and color quieted my mind. At best I wanted an hour to contemplate and slip into a quiet space. Several YouTube videos offer a chance to experience the beauty of clinamen v.3.    https://youtu.be/_wdltDfs-F4.

“The Visitor” by Icelandic musician/artist Ragnar Kjartensson created a music video that rings uniquely atmospheric and sensual. The setting is an Astor family mansion in upstate New York.  Hypnotic and mesmerizing describes what I felt. Lynea felt close to tears from the haunting sounds – cello, drums, piano, and more. Truly a knock-your-socks-off experience. I must say that Kjartensson does look better dressed. He’s the guy in the bathtub playing guitar. Videos on YouTube:  https://youtu.be//lcwGnWuXJuU.

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