Archive for the 'Greater Arizona' Category

A few days in the lives of baby hummingbirds

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March 14, 2015 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The tiniest sword swallowers are gone. Over 10 days, I watched them grow. I was a spectator until they launched themselves from a nest the size of an empty walnut shell.   I spotted the nest the morning of March 3. A hummingbird hovered nearby before flying to a […]

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A Flood of Memories from a Desert Rain

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Jan. 11, 2015   SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The smell of rain can revive memories.   Scientists say rain’s fresh smell comes from the action of rain and wind stirring up the air with ozone from the atmosphere and aromas from beneficial microbes in the soil.   I am sure that scientific explanation is true. To […]

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Discovering gargoyles and ghosts at historic hotels

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Oct. 26, 2014 VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Gargoyles are perched outside our hotel window. A ghost in a red gown roams our hallway. And at the end of our journey, we watch several water taxis perform a ballet. Our adventure began on a Tuesday afternoon. We opened the drapes and discovered two gargoyles outside our hotel […]

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Storm leaving Phoenix creates dramatic sunset

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Oct. 10, 2014 Copyright © iPhone photo by Mike Padgett Pictured above is the departure of the storm that rattled metropolitan Phoenix in late September. I captured the iPhone image from an upper floor of the parking garage at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s Terminal Four. At the horizon in the center is a rain […]

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Arizona mesquites glisten with early morning rain

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Oct. 9, 2014 Photo copyright © by Mike Padgett A walk in the Arizona desert after a gentle morning rain is a special treat. The air is clean and fresh, filled with the aroma of creosote bushes and other plants. Rabbits, quail and other wildlife begin emerging from cover offered by trees and brush. Overhead, […]

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Desert sentinels greet sunrise today in central Arizona

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Oct. 7, 2014   Photo copyright © Mike Padgett “This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round […]

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‘Flying Jewel’ darts into photograph, then vanishes

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April 25, 2014   Hummingbirds collect nectar from about 1,000 flowers each day, according to a list of facts found on www.worldofhummingbirds.com. (Photo copyright © by Mike Padgett) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The saying, “Blink and you might miss it,” applies whenever hummingbirds are around. I was focusing on the cactus flowers near our front door, preparing […]

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A Friend’s Birthday Cards and New Year’s Eve Campfire

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  April 22, 2014 MESA, Ariz. – For several days, I’ve been thinking about a breakfast meeting I had 16 years ago with a friend. He loved life and he wore many hats, including those of media executive and community activist. Our meeting was in the spring of 1998. Chuck Wahlheim was the first to contact […]

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Memories of Joe and His Grave, Decades Later

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March 10, 2014   Joe looked like he was sleeping. We didn’t know Joe’s age when we rescued him years earlier from the animal shelter, but he had aged gracefully. He was handsome and friendly, and he barked only when strangers approached our home.   There were no marks on his body from the truck’s […]

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Magical History Tours at Musical Instrument Museum

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  Feb. 22, 2014 PHOENIX – This musical time machine encourages visitors to follow musicians into history. Listen to their stories. Study their instruments.   The multimedia exhibits in the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) include the works of legends. Museum visitors, as they tour the exhibits, will hear music and narratives that likely will revive […]

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