The Sonoran Desert

The Sonoran Desert is an arid desert and covers aprox. 120,000 square miles in southwestern Arizona and southeastern California, most of Baja California and the western half of the state of Sonora, Mexico.

Here in the Sonoran Foothills we have the majestic Saguaro cactus among the many other cactus and desert flora. National Geographic has referred to this area of the Sonoran Desert as "The most beautiful desert in the world." With the average summer climbing as hot as 115 in the shade down to below freezing overnight at times in the winter, it is an incredible place. The plants and animals are so well adapted to this wide range of temperature and rainfall, we would have to agree that it is not only beautiful but amazing too.

Below are some of the wildlife I photographed on our farm. I have not photographed any of the coyotes, javelina, rattlesnakes, or bobcats that our fence keeps out or the many ravens that visit.

Cottontails napping


Great Blue Herron

Sonoran Doves


Grey Bird Grasshopper

Harris Hawk

Harris Hawk

Red Tailed Hawk

Antelope Squirrel and sparrow

Great Horned Owl

Gambles Quail and Cottontail

Tree Lizard

Gambles Quail

Gila Woodpecker

Greater Roadrunner

Arizona Blonde Tarantula

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