Welcome to my blog. My name is Susan Lulic Enholm. I will post poetry, short-short stories, photography, and travel experiences. The category Butterfly Wings will contain those incidental pieces that happen to float by and need a place to land.
Tucson’s post-summer temperatures have been high – think climate change. Javelinas, bobcats, owls, rabbits, coyotes, Gambrel quails, doves all need water. The animals have a water dish available all day and all night. In exchange, I have the option to record their visits.
For images, I use a Browning trail camera (Model BTC-5HD). I wind the strap around a nearby tree, and flip the battery button. The camera eye responds to motion and records every flick of a feather. The six AA batteries store enough energy for several months.
I’m posting images taken at the end of April and early May. Javelina are thirsty creatures and will drink the saucer dry. When that happens, the other animals must wait until morning for a refill. My daytime wish for a hawk to drop in has not happened. However, my powers of wishful thinking will eventually bring a big bird to the dish. In the meanwhile, consider the challenges desert creatures endure every single day. Water is precious to all.
Sonoran desert animals are awake and busy in the dark of night. Except for an occasional coyote kill or an owl’s hoot, the cottontail rabbits, javelina, and bobcats move about ever so quietly. The animals that come for a drink take turns at the water dish. Javelina travel in packs. They will get pushy and jockey for the last drop. When that happens, the adults root into the irrigation hoses in search of more water. Life in the desert must have that precious liquid.
As daylight fades, I take the field camera outside and wind the strap around a tree. An Ultra Plus 16 GB disc is in place. I flip the On button and cross my fingers. Some nights are really slow – typical of any watering hole.
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.
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.