|George Caleb Bingham Exhibit. Including his sketches of the many|
figures he used in his River paintings, early-mid 19th century.
|Len, Jay, Carol, Ruby.|
|Ruby, Carol, Mae, Len.|
|Hooded skunk, Patagonia, Arizona.|
|Swallows on the wall of the historic San Pedro House near Sierra Vista, Arizona|
|The San Pedro River is small but beautiful -- especially beautiful because the surrounding land is so dry.|
|Pond near the Santa Cruz River.|
|Animal tracks near the river.|
"The Whiskered Screech Owl is the most mysterious of the three Screech Owl species. Found mostly south of the U.S. border, the Whiskered Screech Owl remains elusive.
"Very few nests of this species have ever been found. These owls tend to live at high elevations (usually around 5,000 feet) and nest high up in trees. In fact, they spend much of their time hidden in the tree tops, roosting in dense foliage and feeding on flying insects. Their nocturnal hunting habits and high elevation home make them difficult for humans to locate, but just like the other species of Screech Owls, this owl can be identified by its unique voice." -- from Owl Research Institute.Earlier this afternoon, we spent a long time at a nearby canyon, Miller Canyon, watching hummingbirds at the many feeders at the Beatty Ranch.
|Hummingbird at Beatty Ranch.|
|From a family visit in my distant past, I remembered Sabino Canyon as a restful place completely in contrast to|
the extremely arid Tucson desert. Yesterday as we hiked and searched for birds there and at Mt. Lemmon,
I found that my memories were quite accurate and in some ways surprisingly detailed.
|A dessert bunny was on the path just after we started our walk.|
|Our guide, Laurens, knew all about not only birds but also lizards, mammals,|
butterflies, and cactus. He was a fabulous bird finder!
His website is here.
|Up on Mt. Lemmon, at a site known to our guide, we spent at least an hour looking for this red-faced warbler, which Len finally managed to photograph. These warblers had just arrived in the area one or two days ago. They were singing their territories and preparing to nest -- we heard them a lot more than we saw them.|
|A black-chinned hummingbird on her nest. |
Nearby we talked to a group of people who
are banding the hummingbirds to trace their migration routes.
|Pyrrhuloxia, a beautiful bird we saw near the stream at Sabino Canyon.|
"David Bradley (b. 1954), Minnesota Chippewa, creates narrative artworks which tell stories and histories not often heard by non-Native people nor understood from a Native American perspective. Saturated with a powerful Native voice and evocative visual descriptions of Indian experience, Bradley’s artworks depict historical, social, and political truths, personal narrative, and cultural critique. In Bradley’s narratives of Indian Country, Native people take center stage in world art and history. Through his artwork he challenges stereotypes about Native American people, places, and events we think we understand, revealing the indigenous experiences at the core of what it means to be American. As Bradley has said, 'I try to use my art to spotlight the Indian worldview and sociopolitical realities. To expose social injustice is to begin to overcome it.'I'll be returning to Bradley's work in the future, when I have time to learn more about him. Meanwhile, I can't say too strongly how much I admire his choices of subject matter. The Santa Fe museum is one of my favorite places to learn about American Indian art.
|Morning at the Rio Grande nature center.|
This is one of the ponds maintained for waterfowl.
|Turtles on the pond.|
|At Valle de Oro Wildlife Preserve.|
|View from Sandia Mountains. We drove up this afternoon. On the peak, the wind was really brutal.|
|Purple mountains near our motel in Albuquerque. I didn't take any photos of the scenery as we drove and listened.|
|Today we drove from Indiana to Tulsa. Here's the St.Louis arch as we crossed the Mississippi River.|
|The State Line, just before we were really West of the Mississippi.|
We've never driven through St.Louis without stopping before today. We hope to stop on the way back.