2004-06-23 Redington Road over the Catalina Mountains

  In 2004, I was just beginning my education about birds and how to capture them in my images. It was an exciting time for me. Many of my meetings with birds would be my first meetings. I have a cousin who lives in Tucson Arizona with her husband, whom I enjoy spending time with … Read more

2019-01-26 Merced National Wildlife Reserve

After spending the week with my family in Medford, I drove away on Friday, southbound on the I-5. My first stop was in Marysville California to visit a friend I knew from my previous life (before retirement). Gary had since retired too, and he and his wife moved back here two years ago, where they … Read more

2019-01-21 Sacramento and Colusa Refuges

Driving to see my family in Oregon, I took a little timeout to visit the reserves between Williams and Willows California (USA). The long interstate drive wore me down, especially the southern portion. I tried avoiding LA by skirting via the I-15 and Cajon Pass and crossing the high desert through Palmdale, but the plan … Read more

2013-08-29 Arizona Trip

One aim on this trip was to visit family in Northeast Tucson. While there I spent some time at Agua Caliente Park. It had been in my head for several years I should spend a few days at Beatty’s Guest Ranch in Miller Canyon in the Huachuca Mountains south of Sierra Vista. On my return home … Read more

2014 Late November With Bullhead City’s Deserts And Marshlands

Bullhead City Arizona sits on the Colorado River below Davis Dam and across the river from Laughlin Nevada. I have friends there whom I enjoy visiting occasionally. Havasu National Wildlife Reserve covers a wide swath of river valley stretching north from Lake Havasu to a few miles south of Bullhead City. During past visits with … Read more

2014-11-25 Bill Williams NWR

The Bill Williams River flows west out of central Arizona and joins the Colorado River at Lake Havasu near Parker Dam. Planet Ranch Road leaves Highway US-95 south of Bill Williams River and follows the valley east 2½ miles where a barricade prevents any vehicles from advancing, but the route continues for those willing to … Read more

2014 Early August At June Lakes and White Mountain

I went looking for Black-Backed Woodpeckers at a two or three-year-old burn along US Highway 395 a few miles north of June Lake Junction. While I failed in that endeavor, I found Williamson’s Sapsuckers and Lewis’ Woodpeckers instead. Also found here were Brewer’s Sparrows, Sage Thrasher (juvenile) and Green-Tailed Towhees. I had spent four wonderful … Read more

2014 Early August With Eastern Sierras Mammals

Birds were not the only subjects to entertain me while visiting my friends at June Lake. The eastern shore of June Lake by Oh Ridge Campground gave me my first meeting with Pygmy Rabbits, a bold Mule Deer and unidentifiable chipmunks (unless they are in hand and an expert is analysing). At Mono Mills, while … Read more

2014 Early August Around Mono Lake

During my stay with friends Carmine and Mark at June Lake California, I made several excursions in the surrounding area’s well known (and some not so well known) scenic attractions. Below are my recollections about the times I spent in the Mono Lake basin. The entire region is laced with evidence of a volcanic past. … Read more

2014 Early August With Birds at June Lake

I am fortunate to have generous friends willing to welcome me into their homes as I travel. My friends Carmen and Mark have a house at June Lake California. I spent the second week of April 2014 with them, running down birds in some of the most beautiful settings that the region has to offer. … Read more