You may have seen my Best of Landscapes 2019, here…. https://kritterspix.com/2020/01/09/my-best-landscape-photos-of-2019/ or my Best of Wildlife 2019 here… https://kritterspaw.com/2020/01/09/my-best-wildlife-photos-of-2019/ . Below are some of the ones that DIDN’T make the cut.
1. Pismo Beach, CA... wish I could get sunset shots like this in AZ!
2. Lil Buck… If only AZH had published THIS pic
3. Hawley Lake …. Through the Fog is Clarity
4. Javelina … not a common sight in this neck of the woods
5. Snow Elk…. Animal behavior can be so much fun to capture, sometimes these little guys do the darnedest things
6. Moqui Snow … I need to work on getting more landscape snow pix
7. Oak Creek Fall … Gotta love waterfalls & fall, such an amazing combination
8. Morman Lake Elk Pool … While this is a busy pic, lots of fun interactions to look at
9. Kaibab Daisies … I had never been to Kaibab Lake before, I need to get out more
10. Babies Rule … love me some baby wildlife!
I could go on, but I think the exercise of limiting oneself to only the best forces one to be critical of oneself, encouraging growth and improvement. Something we should all heed in our lives. Happy New Year!
We have had quite the drought this summer, with no rain. That finally changed with a quick storm that rolled in and gave us some rain, hail, and a little snow!
We took the opportunity to run out to the rim to see if we could get some storm pix.
We loved the sky opening up and raining on the valley below. It made for some spectacular views.
When it rains on your parade, look up not down. Without the rain, there is no rainbow.
Bad weather always looks worse through a window…. gotta get out there and feel the storm and it’s intensity to live life to the fullest.
It turned out to be a great day for storm watching.
I was just talking about the animals fattening up for the winter.. https://kritterspix.com/category/pix/
I know, it may not seem like winter just yet, particularly for those in Phoenix. But it was 39F here this morning… so winter is coming.
Yet, somehow, we got our first little visitor. Usually the babies show up in June – not September. This scrawny little fawn, still with her spots, made a brief appearance.
She’s got a steep learning curve ahead of her, and a lot to learn in a short time. Not to mention that she needs to put more fat on her little bones!
Momma, you hear that. Bring her back for a visit more often. We’ll do our part. : )
We got out to the woods recently if you saw my post here… https://kritterspix.com/2019/07/18/a-walk-in-the-woods/
But since there are woods all around us up North, we are sharing the load. A recent trip to Greens Peak outside of Show Low highlighted a much different environment.
This forest is a bit higher elevation than the Mogollon Rim, and gets more rain. So it makes a great spot for foraging and mushrooming.
The woods are dense with trees and moldy rocks. Lots of shade and shadows, and cooler temps.
I love that we have the vast diversification of areas to solicit and wander through. It’s a great way to relax and ‘chill’.
Can’t wait to go back… we are already planning our next trip. It is mushroom season afterall. 🙂
It’s not very often we see javelina. They are more of a mainstay in Phoenix area and southern AZ, in warmer climates than they are in Northern AZ.
But we got our first glimpse of these unusual beasts. Officially known as collared peccary, they are similar to wild boar.
Javelina are prey to mountain lions, bobcats, and coyotes. As such they are pretty skittish and aware of all sounds and smells around them, particularly as they are known for their poor eyesight.
This small herd of 5 we encountered appeared to be 2 adults and 3 young (perhaps less than a year old).
We’re always happy to see animals, no matter what they are… the more ‘exotic’ the more exciting, especially if I manage to get a photo.
This time of year the snow is melting up North…. and the sun is shining in the Valley. We have become pretty acclimated to the cooler temps… so HOT HOT is just HOT, as it was when we went down this past week and experienced a whopping 87F. Ok, I know we’re spoiled… but we’re toughened up by our winters.
We went to see the flowers, but in truth, while we got into a couple small pockets, it was already late in the season, as most were already gone.
We enjoyed those we did see, and soaked up the heat. But enough is enough, so we took the appropriately named, Desert to Tall Pines Rd (SR 288) back to the snow.
In a matter of hours we were back in our comfort zone, with snow on the ground, amidst the forest and Tall Pines.
We ventured to Workmens Creek, outside of Young, and enjoyed the cascading water from their snow melt.
Ahhhh….. how refreshing. : )
We set a record for snow this week! Single day snow of 35″. That brings our estimated total this year (since Jan 1) to 90″! We are LOVING it. Particularly, after our recent fire, we can sure use the precipitation. Wooohoo.
It snowed an inch an hour for from 8am Thurs to 8am Fri.. and then some. It was a sight to see… and very happy we were here to see it.
Snowy faces all around!
Check out more pix here….. https://kritterspix.com/2019/02/23/snow-elk/