On the road again – Phoenix Desert Critters

Another place that I may find myself returning to this year (maybe – everything travel is so up in the air now it’s frustrating) but whenever I head there I always go to the Desert Botanic Garden in Phoenix, Arizona.  The optimum time to visit is when the desert is in bloom which is from March to May, maybe June.  Things are gorgeous then with all of the desert flowers blooming plus the weather hasn’t gotten dreadfully hot yet.  I’ve seen quail, a roadrunner, bees and butterflies, hummingbirds, cactus wrens, lizards, and jack rabbits.  Next to the Garden is Papago Park with a little lake in it where I have seen ducks and cormorants.

I’d love to get a good shot of the hummingbirds one day but you have to be quick or lucky for those shots…or both.


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  1. #1 by Chez @ Chez Moi on March 21, 2014 - 4:38 am

    Beautiful images! The wren in particular is just perfect 🙂

    • #2 by imagesbytdashfield on March 21, 2014 - 8:35 am

      Thank you. That little guy was trying to figure out how to get into the car. No idea why.

  2. #3 by Cindi on March 21, 2014 - 6:34 am

    Those hummers *are* fast little creatures, aren’t they. I hope you are quick and lucky one day soon!

  3. #5 by milfordstreet on March 21, 2014 - 8:42 am

    Nice photos…There is a desert museum in Tucson that has a hummingbird aviary. There were quite a few people i there with long lenses getting photos. Or do you prefer the natural, hummingbird photo safari experience?

    • #6 by imagesbytdashfield on March 21, 2014 - 8:48 am

      Ooooooooo! I am going to have to look into that the next time I’m in Arizona.

      • #7 by milfordstreet on March 21, 2014 - 9:35 am

        It is a good thing to take in. It is right near the National park on the west side of town (I think).

      • #8 by imagesbytdashfield on March 21, 2014 - 9:36 am

        Will look it up and add it to my places to visit board 🙂

  4. #9 by Sébastien Grobelny on March 21, 2014 - 8:57 am

    Nice pictures. I love this place too and I’m sure that if I ever return to Phoenix I will make everything possible to go back there 😉

    • #10 by imagesbytdashfield on March 21, 2014 - 8:58 am

      Thanks. And if you can make it during the blooming season it will be even better!

  5. #11 by DeDivahDeals on March 21, 2014 - 4:20 pm

    These are great, @CindyKnoke has some wonderful Hummingbird photos – I love those little guys!

  6. #13 by Ingrid on March 21, 2014 - 5:19 pm

    Nice shots Teri depicting the desert. The Desert Sonoran Museum in Tucson is a pretty neat place to visit. I did a post on it last February (2013). The Hummingbird Avery was awesome as is the ‘birds of prey’ show. Check out Brenda and Hectors amazing post on it. http://www.islandgirlwalkabout.com/2014/01/10/raptors-and-monsters-and-snakes-oh-my/

    • #14 by imagesbytdashfield on March 21, 2014 - 5:33 pm

      It is so on my list of places to go when we go back to Arizona. Thanks 🙂

  7. #15 by Nandini on March 22, 2014 - 1:04 am

    Colorful and happy images!

  8. #17 by ChgoJohn on March 23, 2014 - 4:59 pm

    Great shots, Teri. You have to give those critters credit. It can’t be easy calling the desert home.

    • #18 by imagesbytdashfield on March 23, 2014 - 5:01 pm

      That bunny did not look too happy with the temps while the lizard was getting ready to do a “mating” dance. 😉

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