Animal Encounters

One of the best things about living in the wildland-urban interface of the Central Arizona Highlands is the opportunity for wildlife encounters.  Whether we are hiking the trails or out in the yard, there is always the potential to meet one of our wild neighbors. By...

Autumn Ambience

In the Mogollon highlands of central Arizona, each season displays its own unique character. Fall is no exception: one day we are enjoying the warmth and activities of summer, then suddenly, without warning, it is autumn. The ambience of this season is a subtle...

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...