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Day 1 of 7 Nature Photograph Challenge - A cute little Western Screech owl who was just sitting there watching us, watch him. 
I was nominated by @_brittsss to post one nature photo every day for 7 days. Photos don't have to be recent but during your lifetime. I am going to nominate @daniellenay11 (photography page @dephotography11) do this challenge! I'm sure she will have no problem doing this, as she is a great photographer. ;) β™‘
Day 1 of 7 Nature Photograph Challenge - A cute little Western Screech owl who was just sitting there watching us, watch him. I was nominated by @_brittsss to post one nature photo every day for 7 days. Photos don't have to be recent but during your lifetime. I am going to nominate @daniellenay11 (photography page @dephotography11) do this challenge! I'm sure she will have no problem doing this, as she is a great photographer. ;) β™‘
It was a beautiful day on the ranch today and we had visitors🦌

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It was a beautiful day on the ranch today and we had visitors🦌 #arizonawildlife 
Cactus wren in Surprise, AZ
Cactus wren in Surprise, AZ
Spotted me a coyote! Feels like National Geographic by my parents haha #coyote #arizonawildlife #arizona
Just something pretty to brighten everyone's day. #arizonawildlife #beautifulbutterfly #mothernature
I finally seen a deer in Arizona! #arizonawildlife
Long-nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei). Here's a few flavors of Long-nosed Snake from this season. You never know what you are going to get from this species.
Long-nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei). Here's a few flavors of Long-nosed Snake from this season. You never know what you are going to get from this species.
At the Hassayampa River Preserve in Wickenburg, AZ
At the Hassayampa River Preserve in Wickenburg, AZ
Been an awesome couple days! Witnessing @ehunt25 kill a GIANT bull, to getting back to work scouting our sheep hunts that are coming up fast! Had a nice up close photo shoot with a healthy good looking ram this evening. Thinking I'm going to need a new @arizonadesertoutfitters hat pretty quick! #arizonadesertoutfitters #hunt_az #adbss #bighornsheep #desertbighornsheep #wildsheepfoundation #rockymountainelkfoundation #amazingarizona #arizonawildlife
Beautiful Greater Scaup duck shot last December at Gilbert's Riparian Preserve (swipe left for the full color version). You never know what you'll find when you start cleaning up old memory cards!
Beautiful Greater Scaup duck shot last December at Gilbert's Riparian Preserve (swipe left for the full color version). You never know what you'll find when you start cleaning up old memory cards!
Sometimes I love my job, sometimes not so much.. last one reminds me of Miss Spider from #jamesandthegiantpeach #arizonawildlife #spiders #critters #desert #desertwildlife #eightleggedfreaks #nature
This amazing image was captured by @photographamerica during a Tucson sunset. Stunning! #tucson #arizonawildlife #cacti #sunsetarizona #tucsonsunsets #southwest #naturephotography #arizonacacti
Haven't posted in a while.. I've been busy getting set up with my new job . Which leaves me hardly any time to explore anymore. But that's okay... it taught me not to take time for granted and to cherish the free time I do have. Here's an older shot of the San Francisco peaks in Flagstaff I took around late June 🌞. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------#instagramaz #arizona #arizona_hiking #hikeaz #hikearizona #exploreaz #exploreeverything #hikingadventures #visitarizona #explorearizona #igsouthwest #azcentral #arizonacollective #arizonahighways #arizonawildlife #seearizona #arizona_landscapes #nature_brilliance #natureshot #arizonawildlife #forest #woods #sunset #mountainview #canonusa #canon6d #flagstaff #stormysky
Haven't posted in a while.. I've been busy getting set up with my new job . Which leaves me hardly any time to explore anymore. But that's okay... it taught me not to take time for granted and to cherish the free time I do have. Here's an older shot of the San Francisco peaks in Flagstaff I took around late June 🌞. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------#instagramaz  #arizona  #arizona_hiking  #hikeaz  #hikearizona  #exploreaz  #exploreeverything  #hikingadventures  #visitarizona  #explorearizona  #igsouthwest  #azcentral  #arizonacollective  #arizonahighways  #arizonawildlife  #seearizona  #arizona_landscapes  #nature_brilliance  #natureshot  #arizonawildlife  #forest  #woods  #sunset  #mountainview  #canonusa  #canon6d  #flagstaff  #stormysky 
I was thinking about how I never see the adult antlions resting during the day, when I suddenly spotted a couple clinging to grass at Madera Canyon last week. Whenever I tried to get a shot from the side, they would swing around in unison so that they were hidden behind the blade of grass. I had to ask a friend to approach them from the other direction before I could get a side shot. Their wings are so incredibly beautiful!  I am including a detail of the second shot. I don't think any human made piece of clothing could ever rival the beauty of those wings!
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#antlion #antlions #neuroptera #adultantlion #myrmeleontidae #beneficialinsects #nocturnalanimals #nocturnalinsects #arizonawildlife #focusstacking #zerenestacker #wings #santaritamountains #maderacanyon #macroinsect #insectfashion #instagramaz #arizonacollective #arizonamountains #insectsofinstagram #explorearizona #hikearizona #arthropod #arthropoda #entomology #beautifulwings #macronature #beautifulnature #insectphotography #igsouthwest
I was thinking about how I never see the adult antlions resting during the day, when I suddenly spotted a couple clinging to grass at Madera Canyon last week. Whenever I tried to get a shot from the side, they would swing around in unison so that they were hidden behind the blade of grass. I had to ask a friend to approach them from the other direction before I could get a side shot. Their wings are so incredibly beautiful! I am including a detail of the second shot. I don't think any human made piece of clothing could ever rival the beauty of those wings! . . . . . #antlion  #antlions  #neuroptera  #adultantlion  #myrmeleontidae  #beneficialinsects  #nocturnalanimals  #nocturnalinsects  #arizonawildlife  #focusstacking  #zerenestacker  #wings  #santaritamountains  #maderacanyon  #macroinsect  #insectfashion  #instagramaz  #arizonacollective  #arizonamountains  #insectsofinstagram  #explorearizona  #hikearizona  #arthropod  #arthropoda  #entomology  #beautifulwings  #macronature  #beautifulnature  #insectphotography  #igsouthwest 
At the Hassayampa River Preserve in Wickenburg, AZ
At the Hassayampa River Preserve in Wickenburg, AZ
Sonoran Sidewinder (Crotalus cerastes cercobombus) Maricopa County, Az. This one was from the very eastern portion of their range. I've spent alot of time this year in this area, and it seems like these guys do well in a small pocket. I have not seen one more than three miles away from where this one was found.
Sonoran Sidewinder (Crotalus cerastes cercobombus) Maricopa County, Az. This one was from the very eastern portion of their range. I've spent alot of time this year in this area, and it seems like these guys do well in a small pocket. I have not seen one more than three miles away from where this one was found.
Neat little praying mantis I found. #arizonawildlife #insectstagram #prayingmantis #bugs #insects
#FFF (Flora or Fauna Friday) The hairs on the #brittlebush #plant serve several purposes. Many #desertplants have hairy leaves or stems. The hairs act like a blanket over the leaves to protect them from the heat and cold. The white color reflects the sunlight helping to keep the plant cool. They also help trap any moisture and reduce the amount of water lost.
#arizonawildlife #arizonadesert #stellaradventuresaz #azwildlife #sonorandesert #desertfacts #myphx #absolutelyscottsdale #visitmesa #visitglendale #visittempe #wildlife #desertwildlife #funfacts #arizona #instagramaz #azplants #plantsofinstragram
#FFF  (Flora or Fauna Friday) The hairs on the #brittlebush  #plant  serve several purposes. Many #desertplants  have hairy leaves or stems. The hairs act like a blanket over the leaves to protect them from the heat and cold. The white color reflects the sunlight helping to keep the plant cool. They also help trap any moisture and reduce the amount of water lost. #arizonawildlife  #arizonadesert  #stellaradventuresaz  #azwildlife  #sonorandesert  #desertfacts  #myphx  #absolutelyscottsdale  #visitmesa  #visitglendale  #visittempe  #wildlife  #desertwildlife  #funfacts  #arizona  #instagramaz  #azplants  #plantsofinstragram 
Mexican free-tailed bats under a bridge over the wash.

Hey, @estebanwalo did you have that one class with Keller.. what was it?  Bat-minton?
Mexican free-tailed bats under a bridge over the wash. Hey, @estebanwalo did you have that one class with Keller.. what was it? Bat-minton?
Sedona, fantastic place to visit. Mountain bike and on the trails next time!
#sedona #arizonalife #whyilovearizona #nature #arizonawildlife #roadtrip
Sedona a truly fantastic scenic place. For nature lovers and western lovers
#nature #whyilovearizon #arizonawildlife #arizona #sedona #arizonalife #roadtrip
Mexican Gartersnake (Thamnophis eques megalops) Santa Cruz County, Arizona. Easily one of my favorite sightings of the year. About seven years ago I came across one while exploring in Gila county. Since then these snakes have been elevated to protected in Arizona. Due to habitat loss, and invasive species such as bull frogs and crayfish.
Mexican Gartersnake (Thamnophis eques megalops) Santa Cruz County, Arizona. Easily one of my favorite sightings of the year. About seven years ago I came across one while exploring in Gila county. Since then these snakes have been elevated to protected in Arizona. Due to habitat loss, and invasive species such as bull frogs and crayfish.
Little lizard I found inside at work. Let him go outside so he didn't get hurt in my workplace. #reptiles #reptilesofinstagram #lizards #arizonawildlife
Spotted this little guy at work today, Good luck buddyβ€οΈπŸ¦‹πŸ›#savemonarchs #arizonawildlife
Found this poor little guy on my run with Juma yesterday evening.  I doubt he made it through the night, but he was puttin' up a fight!
#babysquirrel #squirrel #babyanimals #wildlife #wildlifevideo #nature #naturevideo #run #running #trailrunning #seenonmyrun #flagstaff #arizona #arizonawildlife
Cutest little snake I've ever seen 🐍
Cutest little snake I've ever seen 🐍
In Glendale, AZ
In Glendale, AZ
Banded Rock Rattlesnake (Crotalus l. klauberi) Cochise County, Arizona. Check out that camouflage!
Banded Rock Rattlesnake (Crotalus l. klauberi) Cochise County, Arizona. Check out that camouflage!
I don't photograph butterflies often because I am addicted to focus stacking (and they are hard enough to photograph as it is) but this tiny checkerspot was so beautiful and delicate that I gave it a shot....it took a bunch of tries but thankfully it stayed on the flower for awhile!  Stack of 35 images.
(I am not good with butterfly IDs so if someone thinks this is actually the elada checkerspot, please let me know!
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#butterfly #butterflies #butterfliesofinstagram #tinycheckerspot #dymasiadymas #wetland #cienega #lascienegasnationalconservationarea #nymphalidae #lepidoptera #entomology #insectsofinstagram #waterinthedesert #arthropod #arthropoda #macronature #macroinsect #blm #chihuahuandesert #transitionzone #arizonawildlife #arizonacollective #instagramaz #igsouthwest #canonusa #focusstacking #zerenestacker #butterflyidentification
I don't photograph butterflies often because I am addicted to focus stacking (and they are hard enough to photograph as it is) but this tiny checkerspot was so beautiful and delicate that I gave it a shot....it took a bunch of tries but thankfully it stayed on the flower for awhile! Stack of 35 images. (I am not good with butterfly IDs so if someone thinks this is actually the elada checkerspot, please let me know! . . . . . . #butterfly  #butterflies  #butterfliesofinstagram  #tinycheckerspot  #dymasiadymas  #wetland  #cienega  #lascienegasnationalconservationarea  #nymphalidae  #lepidoptera  #entomology  #insectsofinstagram  #waterinthedesert  #arthropod  #arthropoda  #macronature  #macroinsect  #blm  #chihuahuandesert  #transitionzone  #arizonawildlife  #arizonacollective  #instagramaz  #igsouthwest  #canonusa  #focusstacking  #zerenestacker  #butterflyidentification 
Last month I photographed this juvenile katydid at Canelo Hills Cienega Preserve (owned by The Nature Conservancy) . This is a focus stack of 67 images and was a bit of a nightmare to carry out. The little fella would move an antenna and then I would have to start right over again.  I also had to wait for a lull in the breeze. I didn't think I would ever get it right! .
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#katydid #juvenilekatydid #canelohills #katydidnymph  #beautifulinsects #tettigoniidae #cienegas #cienega #naturallightphotography #macronature #macroinsect #focusstacking #zerenestacker #instagramaz #igsouthwest #arizonawildlife #arizonacollective #waterinthedesert #springsinthedesert #colorfulinsects #arthropod #arthropoda #invertebrate #insectphotography #entomology #natureaz #natureconservancy #antennae
Last month I photographed this juvenile katydid at Canelo Hills Cienega Preserve (owned by The Nature Conservancy) . This is a focus stack of 67 images and was a bit of a nightmare to carry out. The little fella would move an antenna and then I would have to start right over again. I also had to wait for a lull in the breeze. I didn't think I would ever get it right! . . . . . . #katydid  #juvenilekatydid  #canelohills  #katydidnymph  #beautifulinsects  #tettigoniidae  #cienegas  #cienega  #naturallightphotography  #macronature  #macroinsect  #focusstacking  #zerenestacker  #instagramaz  #igsouthwest  #arizonawildlife  #arizonacollective  #waterinthedesert  #springsinthedesert  #colorfulinsects  #arthropod  #arthropoda  #invertebrate  #insectphotography  #entomology  #natureaz  #natureconservancy  #antennae 
Sonoran Mud Turtle (Kinosternon sonoriense) Santa Cruz County, Az.
Sonoran Mud Turtle (Kinosternon sonoriense) Santa Cruz County, Az.
To the friends we make while out in the backcountry #hornytoads included *
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I found the serpent in the Garden of Eden today. 🐍 This is my second time encountering an AZ Black rattlesnake...this one was a little more feisty.
I found the serpent in the Garden of Eden today. 🐍 This is my second time encountering an AZ Black rattlesnake...this one was a little more feisty.
Arizona Ridge-Nosed Rattlesnake (Crotalus willardi) Cochise County, Arizona.
Arizona Ridge-Nosed Rattlesnake (Crotalus willardi) Cochise County, Arizona.
3 big daddy elk in tall grass meadow - northern Arizona #arizonaelk #arizonawildlife #elk
At the Hassayampa River Preserve in Wickenburg, AZ
At the Hassayampa River Preserve in Wickenburg, AZ
Ugh moving is difficult. So instead of moving I'll enjoy this hummingbird video.
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#hummingbird #hummingbirdvideo #bird #arizonanature #arizonawildlife #sonorandesert #flowers #birds #naturephotography
Not a fan of spiders but you must respect all of nature and I just had to get a shot of this Tarantula Spider. #tarantula #spider #arizonawilderness
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The coral snake! Very beautiful but don't let that fool you, this guys is highly venomous and is often mistaken for the king snake. It was awesome to see 2 of these lastnight! #coralsnake #arizonawildlife #arizonawilderness #venomsreptiles #venomousreptiles
I usually don't even bother trying to do landscapes. It is a whole other skill set than what I have, so I leave it to the "big kids". But a couple days ago a spider made me do it, and I literally got my feet wet, so then I ended up trying to do a bunch. This was the first one. It is actually a picture of a long jawed orb weaver spider. I wanted to show how massive the web was as it stretched to either side of the stream (including the rocks in the foreground), and I had to keep my distance so as to not disturb it.  See the next cropped image. I called my friend Jillian Cowles over and we inadvertently bumped a silk strand which startled the spider. After that we both waded in to photograph it on a rock. This spider is very comfortable around water and can run faster on water than on land! (Jillian is on the final editing stage of her amazing book on arachnids! It will be put out next spring by Princeton University Press!)
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#longjawedorbweaver #tetragnathidae #arachnids #arachnid #riparian #arachnidsofinstagram #arachnaphobia #tetragnatha #gotmyfeetwet #notalandscapephotographer #maderacanyon #arizonamountains #santaritamountains #creek #arizonacollective #macrospider #instagramaz #igsouthwest #thisisarizona #spidersarecool #arizonawildlife #arachnology #explorearizona #hikearizona #spiderweb #macronature #arthropoda #arthropod #eightlegs #spiders
I usually don't even bother trying to do landscapes. It is a whole other skill set than what I have, so I leave it to the "big kids". But a couple days ago a spider made me do it, and I literally got my feet wet, so then I ended up trying to do a bunch. This was the first one. It is actually a picture of a long jawed orb weaver spider. I wanted to show how massive the web was as it stretched to either side of the stream (including the rocks in the foreground), and I had to keep my distance so as to not disturb it. See the next cropped image. I called my friend Jillian Cowles over and we inadvertently bumped a silk strand which startled the spider. After that we both waded in to photograph it on a rock. This spider is very comfortable around water and can run faster on water than on land! (Jillian is on the final editing stage of her amazing book on arachnids! It will be put out next spring by Princeton University Press!) . . . . . . #longjawedorbweaver  #tetragnathidae  #arachnids  #arachnid  #riparian  #arachnidsofinstagram  #arachnaphobia  #tetragnatha  #gotmyfeetwet  #notalandscapephotographer  #maderacanyon  #arizonamountains  #santaritamountains  #creek  #arizonacollective  #macrospider  #instagramaz  #igsouthwest  #thisisarizona  #spidersarecool  #arizonawildlife  #arachnology  #explorearizona  #hikearizona  #spiderweb  #macronature  #arthropoda  #arthropod  #eightlegs  #spiders 
Driving at dusk and coming across wildlife. Stop and stare as she stares back #arizonawildlife #tombstone
Comes to Tucson to visit and saves a turtle along the way. Love this girl! #nofilter #arizonawildlife #adventures
This awesome picture of a hummingbird was submitted by Larry Wasielewski. #arizonawildlife #hummingbird #Tucsonwildlife #tucson #nature #naturephotography #exploreoutdoors #flower #tinybirds #outdooradventurephotos
Look who wants to swim with us today ? @grace_gymnast2005 , she is bigger than you are😳 she might think you are lunch 🀣🀣 Don't worry .. I'll protect you 😍#bobcat ##arizonawildlife #lookingforlunch 😜🀣
Look who wants to swim with us today ? @grace_gymnast2005 , she is bigger than you are😳 she might think you are lunch 🀣🀣 Don't worry .. I'll protect you 😍#bobcat  ##arizonawildlife  #lookingforlunch  😜🀣
Have you ever seen a fly this size? She is probably close to 2" and surprised me while I was sitting on my porch yesterday. I had never seen anything like this and began to scratch off all the things IT WAS NOT- only to have to succumb to the Google machine (seriously, idk how people grew up only relying on encyclopedias) - but I quickly found that it is a Robber Fly! 
They will eat all sorts of insects and some arachnids~pretty fierce bugs. I got a couple of decent shots I'll share with you guys!πŸ˜πŸžπŸπŸœπŸ›
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#growingupinnature #macro #canon60d #robberfly #arizona #arizonabugs #arizonawildlife #grasshopper #bigbugs #circleoflife #closeup #insectphotography
Have you ever seen a fly this size? She is probably close to 2" and surprised me while I was sitting on my porch yesterday. I had never seen anything like this and began to scratch off all the things IT WAS NOT- only to have to succumb to the Google machine (seriously, idk how people grew up only relying on encyclopedias) - but I quickly found that it is a Robber Fly! They will eat all sorts of insects and some arachnids~pretty fierce bugs. I got a couple of decent shots I'll share with you guys!πŸ˜πŸžπŸπŸœπŸ› β€’β€’β€’ β€’ β€’ β€’ #growingupinnature  #macro  #canon60d  #robberfly  #arizona  #arizonabugs  #arizonawildlife  #grasshopper  #bigbugs  #circleoflife  #closeup  #insectphotography 
Today was another adventure for the books! I exposed @seattlefly360 to the "other side" of Arizona, by showing him Fossil Springs! We even took leaps of faith and found a few fun critters! 
#fossilsprings #waterfall #leapoffaith #cliffjumping #naturalspring #catepillar #hornedlizard #critters #arizonawildlife #arizonatrails #explorearizona #optoutside #foreveroutside #hiking #exploring #hikeaz #adventurers  #arizonaadventures
Cool little desert kingsnake found last weekend with the boys. Was surprised i had never seen one of these guys before, but im happy he showed himself. Found on a extremely busy road, so im not sure if lil dude would have lasted much longer!
Cool little desert kingsnake found last weekend with the boys. Was surprised i had never seen one of these guys before, but im happy he showed himself. Found on a extremely busy road, so im not sure if lil dude would have lasted much longer!
Salvador will have much better pics of this guy on bugguide soon. #scorps #arizonawildlife
Another neighborhood wildlife sighting just yesterday afternoon! Pic taken in the backyard of a neighbor on my street.
#bobcat #arizona #arizonawildlife #arizonaartist #bewareofbobcat #southmountain
At the Hassayampa River Preserve in Wickenburg, AZ
At the Hassayampa River Preserve in Wickenburg, AZ
Meet Leo. He is a jaguar at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center near Scottsdale, which is under fire from neighbors who are complaining about noise and dust || See how he found a home via the link in our bio!
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(πŸ“·: @nickoza) #arizonawildlife #southwestwildlife #explorearizona #xaz #jaguar #animals
A Checkered Garter Snake (Thamnophis marcianus) sighting today, in the desert flats north of Tucson.

#reptiles #snakesofinstagram #arizonareptiles #gartersnake #gartersnakesofinstagram #desertlife #southernarizona #sonorandesert #arizonawildlife #arizonahiking #ilovearizona
The 16th at tpc Scottsdale from 2010.  Phoenix open is held here every year. With @topgolfcoursepics and @bobjac0517 #tpcscottsdalestadiumcourse #phoenixopen #snake #tigerwoods #scottsdale #golf #scottsdalegolf #blueheron #tpcgolf #arizona #arizonagolf #arizonawildlife #golfing