Here are some hardy flowers in my garden right now. It is still too early here in northern Arizona to plant everything I would like, especially considering we got some snow this week. I took these photos a few days before the snowfall. They are (clockwise) Osteospermum, Marigold, Viola, and Spanish Lavender.


Bonaparte’s Gulls are distinct in their small size and black head during breeding season. White eye crescents, a thin black bill, and red legs are other characteristics for identification. They are found in many water areas in North America including rivers, lakes, marshes, beaches, and bays. I saw this Bonaparte’s Gull while walking on the… Read More BONAPARTE’S GULL