Category: Critters

Prickly Pear Blossom with Butterfly

Prickly Pear Blossom with Butterfly

I saw some prickly pear blossoms with red-orange centers last year and have been eagerly keeping an eye on their location, hoping to see more this year. Alas, there’ve been only a handful of buds, and no flowers yet. So you can imagine how completely thrilled I was last week when I saw this single blossom in a totally different place. I sat down to take some photos (it was pretty close to the ground) and in the 10 minutes I spent there, all sorts of pollinators came to visit. One was this skipper butterfly (a duskywing, maybe?). For whatever reason, I was completely charmed by the spiral its proboscis created.


My Deer Friend

Mule Deer and Cholla

An inquisitive mule deer, all ears, contemplates the photographer in front of her.


Ring-Necked Duck

Ring-Necked Duck

A ring-necked duck and its reflection in a bosque pond.


Sandia Hairstreak, 2018 Edition

Sandia Hairstreak

Despite this year’s extraordinarily warm and dry winter, Sandia hairstreak butterflies showed up right on time in the Sandia foothills — or at least this one did yesterday. I’m always happy to see my little friends.


Scrub Jay

Scrub Jay

I wandered into a little side arroyo a few weeks ago and there were three of these guys, all chattering away like crazy.


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