Simply Saguaro – Arizona SkyWatch #7

It’s a dark, wet, rainy night here on Vancouver Island so my thoughts turn southward once again to the blue skies of Arizona for SkyWatch Friday inspiration. Saguaro Cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) with arms reaching to the sky. Last March I traveled with two other naturalists to Arizona for a week of botanizing and birdwatching. One of the National Parks we …

Cochise Lake Birdwatching – Arizona Skywatch #6

As the rain continues to fall here in British Columbia, I wistfully return to Arizona for this episode of SkyWatch Friday. Last March, I traveled to Arizona with a pair of naturalists for a week of birding and botanizing. One of the locations that we wanted to hit was Cochise Lake, just outside of Wilcox, Arizona. We arrived late in …

Organ Pipe Cactus NM – Arizona Skywatch #5

Brittlebush, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona For this Skywatch Friday post I’m returning once again to the brilliant blue skies of Arizona. In March of 2008, my wife and I and our 8 month old son spent 10 days visiting a number of natural history destinations in this fascinating (and warm) state. One of our must see destinations was …

Cave Creek Canyon – Arizona Skywatch #4

Cave Creek Canyon With the cold October rains beginning here in British Columbia I returned to my photographs of last spring’s trip to Arizona in search of blue skies and warm memories for this week’s Skywatch Friday post. Part of our trip took us to Portal, Arizona and Cave Creek Canyon. This area is renown for its birding and was …

Madera Canyon – Arizona Skywatch #3

Santa Rita Mountains One of the primary reasons to visit Arizona during spring break (aside from getting a break from the winter weather up here in BC) is the excellent opportunities for bird watching and botanizing as well as superb sky watching. Last March I joined two fellow naturalists and spent a week traveling around southeastern Arizona. One of our …

Chiricahua NM – Arizona Skywatch #2

On these dark, wet, autumn days it’s worthwhile digging in the archives in search for some bluer skies for Skywatch Friday. These images were taken on the Echo Canyon/Heart of Rocks/Big Loop trail in Chiricahua National Monument last March during a spring break birding and botanizing trip to Arizona. The geology at Chiricahua is phenomenal and the weather in March …