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Bobcat (Felis rufus)…

August 15, 2012

Bobcats, or wildcats, are very efficient nocturnal hunters. They prey on rabbits, squirrels and many other animals. Bobcats got their name from their shortened tail, which seems to have been lopped off. They have ears like their Canadian cousin, the Lynx. It is estimated that there are at least one million of them, found throughout the United States. This beautiful example was in a wildlife park outside of Williams, AZ.

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The Painted Desert…

August 14, 2012

This 94,000 acre National Park in Arizona offers a beautiful array of colors ranging from lavenders to shades of gray with vibrant reds, oranges and pinks.

Mesa Verde…

August 12, 2012

We’ve been traveling the West the past two weeks. This is perhaps the largest Native American cliff dwelling settlement known. The Anasazi Indians occupied this site around AD 1200 to 1300.

Mass Transit…

June 5, 2012

Once every hundred years or so, the planet Venus passes in front of the sun from the earth’s point of view. Today was such an event, due to take about seven hours to complete the crossing. Venus is 67 million miles from the sun, compared to about 93 million for the Earth. Luckily, the clouds parted to allow this spectacle to be photographed. A number of sunspots are also visible in the center section (these are lower temperature areas caused by magnetic disturbances). Mark your calendars now for the next occurrence, due in 2117.

Solar Eclipse…

May 20, 2012

Tonight’s solar eclipse was not going to be at it’s maximum until after the sun had set at this location. Though clouds moved in and out during the hour long process, it did present a nice view just as the sun dipped below the horizon. Right now, the moon is too far from the earth to completely obscure the sun, so this was an annular eclipse.

Supermoon…

May 6, 2012

Every 18 years or so the moon reaches a point in its orbit that is exactly opposite the earth from the sun, and is also at the spot in its elliptical orbit that is closest to the earth. This makes for the largest possible visible size of the full moon, and is called the “supermoon”. It’s not a dramatic size increase from normal…about the difference between a nickel and a quarter held a foot from your eyes. It was a nice sight however and worthy of taking a shot. I don’t think I can wait till 2030 to get another opportunity.

Mockingbird at twilight…

April 4, 2012

This boy is looking for a sweet thing to share his love nest. The mockingbird can learn and imitate up to 200 sounds of other birds or other sources. I swear I hear him do a frog at one point. The behavior of jumping up 2 or 3 feet is also a mating ritual designed to impress the female. I guess the more songs he knows, the smarter the lady thinks he is. (The videos advertised after this are not mine)