Eastern Collared Lizard — Image by kenne
Another sign of spring in the desert are our reptile friends, most scurrying about making it difficult to photograph. But not the eastern collared lizard (Crotaphytus collaris), who like to pose for you on a nearby rock.
Welcome back, my friend — it is spring time in the Sonoran desert.
View From Colossal Cave: Vail, Arizona (Children and Grandchildren: Dave, Katelyn, Jaxon, Kate, and Nick) — Image by kenne
Greater Roadrunner — Image by kenne
Mexican Poppies and Desert Lupines Blooming in the Sonoran Desert — Image by kenne
Northern mockingbirds feed primarily on desert mistletoe berries during the Sonoran desert winter.
— Images by kenne
Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.
— Joseph Campbell
Christmas Cholla (Sabino Canyon, December 26, 2016) — Images by kenne
The Christmas cactus common to the Sonoran Desert is the Cylindropuntia leptocaulis. It’s a Christmas cholla. It got its name because the red fruit on the pencil-thin joints appears from November into March.
Desert Spiny Male Lizard — Image by kenne
The morning light and the cooler desert temperatures bring out the colors in this male desert spiny lizard.