|The rains and snows of Southeastern Arizona have given us some of the most beautiful vistas. This was taken from Summerhaven on top of Mt. Lemmon on a wintery day|
|I explore a new canyon with Cheroot and Celeste. In the background, there is a waterfall that flows downwards into the Sabino Creek|
|A Red-naped Sapsucker eats at our local park during the winter season|
|A Greater White-fronted Goose stops by a local park for a visit|
|I watch the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher forage for food|
Then my health issues in October forced me to pull back. Remote canyons and mountain tops were out of the question. Any place out of cell service was a no no. Two trips to the ER, many doctor visits, tests and finally an upper GI test revealed a hiatal hernia. I've had this random pain since I was 32, but I never had an answer until now. Knowing what it is will allow me to fix my intake. No tomatoes. No citrus!(no fresh oj from the oranges that are coming soon in AZ!). No soda.
|A Black-throated Sparrow perches on a Barrel Cactus at the Desert Museum|
|A Ladder-backed Woodpecker climbs a tree at my local patch, Reid Park|
|This rare wintering Greater Pewee has returned to Reid Park for the next several months|
|A Common Yellowthroat hops around Archer Lake at Columbus Park|
|Pronghorn graze in the Cienegas Grasslands|
I mean.....look at these views!!! 30 minutes away from my home.
|On a hill overlooking Tucson|
|A Greater Roadrunner in Tucson|
The simple fact is that I love all of my local birding. Now don't think I won't chase new bird species, but I've hit my thousand mark (and then some) ahead of my goals which will allow me to take my time to get to 2000 birds. In fact, I'm just 10 away from another "100" post. It has taken the pressure off of me to chase and I really like it.
Finally, I love my Tucson community. Sometimes I don't take the time to stop and be a Tucsonan. And I've been doing it more. I live near our artsy and magical Loft Cinema. A dear former student works there and I was able to visit with her and watch this terrible Star Wars Holiday special. And it was terrible!
|Baby Yoda eyes the competition|
|The winter glow of the Desert Museum|