Archive for the 'Greater Arizona' Category

Lake Louise, Alberta, July 2012

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Feb. 13, 2018 “What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882 Photo copyright © Mike Padgett

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Hummingbird searching for lunch

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Feb. 9, 2018   Photo copyright © by Mike Padgett    

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Mission San Xavier del Bac, Jan. 23, 2010

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Mission San Xavier del Bac, located 10 miles southeast of downtown Tucson, was founded in 1692 by Padre Eusebio Kino. Copyright photo © by Mike Padgett

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New Orleans Sunrise, March 15, 2011

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Jan. 17, 2018   Photo copyright © by Mike Padgett

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Surprise visit from one of nature’s desert felines

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July 3, 2017 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – A bobcat wandered into our lives 24 hours ago. We were standing in our dining room preparing to tackle a new jigsaw puzzle when the four-legged visitor surprised us. The desert feline was just a few feet from us, on the other side of the glass patio door. That […]

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It’s a good day when a coiled rattlesnake doesn’t strike

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May 2, 2017 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Today became a little brighter when I realized the rattlesnake had remained motionless while I worked just outside its striking range. The young rattler retreated to safety behind a potted agave and a golden barrel cactus. Photo copyright © by Mike Padgett For about 15 minutes before I spotted the […]

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Colorful art sparkles after dark in Arizona

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Feb. 27, 2017 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Picture several displays of artistic creations illuminated from within by various colors. One display is a set of five helium kites hovering over visitors’ heads. In a nearby canal is a collection of 50 floating spheres. The imaginative creations were part of a busy outdoor art scene my Best Friend […]

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Arizona sunset in early January

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Jan. 9, 2017 Sunset over north Scottsdale, Ariz. Photo © copyright Mike Padgett “A large drop of sun lingered on the horizon and then dripped over and was gone, and the sky was brilliant over the spot where it had gone, and a torn cloud, like a bloody rag, hung over the spot of its […]

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Forever Views in Red Rock Country North of Phoenix

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Dec. 12, 2016 Photo copyright © by Mike Padgett SEDONA, Ariz. – About 120 miles north of Phoenix are some of Mother Nature’s best creations. The absence of city noise and pollution and the contrast of towering red bluffs with the high desert’s greenery are good for the soul. Pack a picnic lunch and a […]

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New Stars Lighting Sonoran Desert Nights

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April 24, 2016 PHOENIX – Every evening after sunset, there are colorful new stars in the night at Desert Botanical Garden. The stars are eight distinct displays installed throughout the garden by British artist Bruce Munro. His creative work, “Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light at Desert Botanical Garden,” runs through May 8. Munro and garden workers […]

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