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Beautiful And Cute But Still Voracious Predators

If something is beautiful or cute we tend to think of it as friendly, happy or, at the very least, benign.  But few things look and act that simply.

Location Isn’t Just A Place, It’s An Environment

The first, second, and third rule of real estate is — Location, Location, Location!  But location isn’t just a place.  And, it isn’t something static. Location is an entire environment… — A dynamic relationship that is constantly changing and evolving in an ebb… Continue Reading →

Walking In Nature — A Basic Tool For Creative Multitasking

Author Julia Cameron points out that one of the most valuable tools for creativity is one of the simplest — walking. When she wrote THE ARTIST’S WAY she didn’t address exercise until week 12 in the program. In IT’S NEVER… Continue Reading →

Mule Deer Shows Some Tough Love

This mother mule deer in Arizona, doting and attentive just a week before, warns her young buck away. Why? It turns out she is pregnant with a new fawn, and that she’s taught the year-old buck all she can about… Continue Reading →

Pondering The Possibilities: Dinosaur Webs

Dinosaur webs? When we think of what is possible… we tend to be limited — by our knowledge by our perspective by our experiences by our curiosity and by our imagination. So why ponder dinosaur webs?  It was something I saw… Continue Reading →

Fun Must Share Twitter Animal Tales – Part I

I love to read around the internet and frequently come across engaging, funny or insightful news and superb storytelling that are “must shares.”  Since I often find them through twitter (sorry, not a facebooker)  I just automatically “tweet” or “retweet” the links… Continue Reading →

The Pain And Glory Of Being A Nature Nerd

Back in October, I experienced a bit of a surprise as I was weeding our rock-wall shelves. Perhaps more surprising to some may be my reaction to what happened – a true indication of just what a nature nerd I am. Bending… Continue Reading →

Lost & Found News: Human Migration, Solar Impulse, Discerning Dogs

News to ponder that you may have missed: Lost:  Holiday Vacation Travel to Human Migration Mapping When someone says “holiday vacation travel” what comes to mind? Do you envision new sights and familiar haunts?  Do you remember the hustle bustle,… Continue Reading →

Behind the Scenes

At night I’ve been known to stare into the quiet darkness beyond our windows, so different from the fierce sunlight of the day and its illumination. And I wonder: what really happens out there, after the sun slithers behind the… Continue Reading →

A Cool Thing Happened at Work: Baby Chinese Crocodile Lizards

It’s no secret that I love my job. Becoming a reptile keeper at the Knoxville Zoo last year was a dream come true. Incredible things happen there every day, and I’m so honored to be a part of it. We… Continue Reading →

Majestic Crested Saguaros

I’ve been on a bit of a scavenger hunt lately for the majestic Crested Saguaros. It all started about a year ago when I realized that the misshapen form I saw on a distant hill (from my kitchen window) was… Continue Reading →

Mighty Saguaro Bones

Mighty Saguaro bones.  I didn’t realize, until I was culling through my photo library, that I appear to have a fascination with decaying saguaros.  It seems my camera gravitates toward them, capturing their unique personalities, even in death. There is… Continue Reading →

Book: HOUSE BROKEN by Sonja Yoerg

“introspective character-driven women’s fiction with smart writing” I first discovered Sonja Yoerg when her nonfiction book about animal intelligence, CLEVER AS A FOX, popped up on Goodreads (“How interesting!” said the animal lover in me). I was fascinated by this… Continue Reading →

Desert Diversity, Saguaro Style

Those of us who feasted on a diet of Looney Tunes and Doritos each Saturday morning as children probably grew up thinking that those funny desert plants zipping past the roadrunner and coyote were all pretty much the same: deep… Continue Reading →

What if Fresh Produce Had A Mascot?

When we think of fresh fruits and vegetables, we immediately think “healthy.”  And not about actually feeling better. We think more about all the work — storing, cleaning, chopping, slicing, cooking that it takes to prepare them, and less about the wonderful… Continue Reading →

Nectar Thieves In The Night

The first few times it happened in 2008, it was a mystery. We’d awake to the hummingbird feeder completely drained each morning, nectar splashed against the window. So we set up our Cudde camera. And what we suspected was true:… Continue Reading →

Invisible Desert Dwellers

Desert dwellers are accustomed to the monsoon season and the rain it ushers in, a glass of water raised to cracked, thirsty lips. We also know that with rain, the normally dry riverbed near our home begins to ebb and… Continue Reading →

Unexpectedly, A Mighty Mite

My goal yesterday, when I set out with my friend and hiking buddy Kathy, was to show her a secret hot spring in the middle of the desert (shared with me earlier by buddy Roxanne). The plan was to drive… Continue Reading →

A Herd Of Wild Horses: Genetics And Preservation

About a month ago I was able to see the wild horses of Corolla, North Carolina for the first time.  What a sight they are to watch in their natural habitat. Our guide told us that the wild horses came… Continue Reading →

Javelina Encounter

This morning, as I am concluding my daily jog, I come up over a little hill – pushing myself to finish strong as I run faster on that last stretch of desert earth. My shoes are crunching away, I’m breathing… Continue Reading →

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