Hummingbird Happenings

With all this hot weather and no rain, it is hard to believe that fall is less than a month away.  Here in the Mogollon Highlands of Central Arizona we enjoy the variety of definite seasons, and even though fall is coming, the warm days will be with us for a while. ...

The Sounds of Summer

SPRING IS A MAGICAL time in the Mogollon Highlands.  Trees leaf out overnight, flowers bloom that weren’t even there yesterday. Every plant and animal seems to hurry to take advantage of warmer days. As spring falls into the past and the warm days of summer settle in,...

Fire and the Ponderosa Pine

THE OLDEST FOSSIL OF a ponderosa pine tree (Pinus ponderosa) is over 600,000 years old. Since then, the species has adapted to thrive in lightning-ignited fires that are common in the intermountain west.   Today, ponderosa pines have numerous physical characteristics...

Butterflies – Nature’s Gems

THE CENTRAL ARIZONA HIGHLANDS has been blessed this past winter and spring with an abundance of precipitation in the form of snow, rain, graupel and hail.  All this moisture means lots of wildflowers blooming which attract lots and lots of butterflies. Butterflies are...

Raven Ramblings

A CLOSE encounter with a low-flying raven is an incredible privilege. Hearing the ‘WHOOSH’ of its powerful wings, the distinct cawing broadcasted from tree tops, and the quiet chirping of the raven on its nest certainly leaves one in awe of these large, black...

Manzanita Musings

THE SNOWS OF WINTER melt away into warmer but windier days and we find that spring is now upon us and plants are re-emerging from their winter dormancy. Trees burst into flower, scattering pollen like crazy in the strong April winds, and shrubs produce new leaves and...