The green lichen on reddish rock make the usually rather drab Canyon Towhee appear rather striking.
Just as the sudden appearance of American Robins is a sure sign of Spring, so they quietly herald Fall by disappearing from lawns and parks. There are days in mid-winter when I hike local woodlots and stands of trees solely to find loosely gathered flocks of Robins. I watch them, often shivering with icy mud on my boots, and feel just a touch of the warmth of Spring.
Photos taken at Whitewater Draw in southeastern Arizona.
American Coot photographed at Whitewater Draw in southeastern Arizona.
Tall yet graceful, social yet independent, Sandhill Cranes have long fascinated people.
Sandhills are named for their breeding grounds on the Nebraska prairie, which bleeds into Sandhill Region of the state. Huge flocks migrate to winter in such places as Florida, Texas and Mexico.
Some 10,000 Sandhills migrate to southeastern Arizona for the winter. These birds were photographed at Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area, near Wilcox, AZ.
The sight of thousands upon thousands of Sandhill taking flight is awesome. Yet that’s not what was most memorable about the cranes. My friend Tom and I parked a good half mile from the wetlands where we hoped the Sandhills were congregated. As we hiked toward the water, we started to hear an unfamiliar sound. Before long the loud, rolling, raucous sound stopped us in our tracks. It was the cranes.
The cranes left the wetlands in small groups, heading to feed before nightfall.
Sand Run near Akron, OH in late winter.
Photograph taken at Tonto National Monument near Globe, AZ.
Photos taken at Tempe Town Lake in Tempe, AZ in February 2017.
During a recent weekend hike I took an unfamiliar trail at John Bryan State Park in western OH. I ran across the below abandoned site, although at first glance it felt more like a ruin. I’m certain I could learn about this site through research, but right now prefer the sense of mystery. Photos taken with a iPhone 6.