Pinterest
Nature at HarvestHeart
HarvestHeart's avatar

It is the diversity of habitats found on the Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge that sustains one of the highest diversity of wildlife and plant species within the lower Colorado River watershed. It has been recognized by the National Audubon Society and The American Bird Conservancy as a birding area of global importance.

Tucson Shovel Nose Snake - Photo by Erik Enderson 
Scientific Name: Chionactis occipitalis klauberi

Tucson Shovel Nose Snake - Photo by Erik Enderson 

Scientific Name: Chionactis occipitalis klauberi

Antelope Doe and Fawn - 

The Arizona Wildlife Fund is a voluntary program that allows Arizona taxpayers to help conserve the state’s wildlife simply by marking the “Arizona Wildlife” box on the annual state tax return.

Since Arizona started the program more than 25 years ago, contributions to the fund have aided the conservation and reintroduction of many species, including bald eagles, black-footed ferrets, California condors, Apache trout, Mexican wolves and several of the state’s most intriguing desert reptiles and amphibians.

Antelope Doe and Fawn - 

The Arizona Wildlife Fund is a voluntary program that allows Arizona taxpayers to help conserve the state’s wildlife simply by marking the “Arizona Wildlife” box on the annual state tax return.

makeamarklogoSince Arizona started the program more than 25 years ago, contributions to the fund have aided the conservation and reintroduction of many species, including bald eagles, black-footed ferrets, California condors, Apache trout, Mexican wolves and several of the state’s most intriguing desert reptiles and amphibians.

Art of Nature - Neelesh EK - the leaves of the trees forms an umbrella for the ground and in turn forming a beautiful form of art by nature itself - Cochin - Nikon D60

Art of Nature - Neelesh EK - the leaves of the trees forms an umbrella for the ground and in turn forming a beautiful form of art by nature itself - Cochin - Nikon D60

New York City-based visual artist Catherine Chalmers’ latest series ‘Food Chain’ is an unflinching look at the circle of life.

New York City-based visual artist Catherine Chalmers’ latest series ‘Food Chain’ is an unflinching look at the circle of life.

These spectacular photographs reveal the amazingly tiny details of the life of snails. Using a macro approach, Ukrainian photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko gets up close and personal to capture a variety of miniature landscapes as the little creatures go about their daily lives

Ice on Window by Evgeny Koshelev
(HH: As a small child, I remember thinking there is something quite magical about frost on windows.  I still think that.)

Ice on Window by Evgeny Koshelev

(HH: As a small child, I remember thinking there is something quite magical about frost on windows.  I still think that.)

Rehabilitated and Released -  eagle owls are released  after their recovery from injury in Cangzhou, Hebei province, China.
 About 36 of the injured rare birds were released. 
China Daily/Reuters

Rehabilitated and Released -  eagle owls are released  after their recovery from injury in Cangzhou, Hebei province, China.

About 36 of the injured rare birds were released.

China Daily/Reuters

 Bob Grutza rides on horseback through a field of sunflowers near Maysville, Ky. 
Terry Prather/The Ledger Independent/AP

 Bob Grutza rides on horseback through a field of sunflowers near Maysville, Ky.

Terry Prather/The Ledger Independent/AP

My first real summer rain - monsoon blessed my house

I was out doing some yard duty before sunset and it looked like a storm way off to the west, not the sandstorm that comes from the south.  I wasn’t convinced it would make it all the way to the central corridor, even though the air felt close and humid.

I continued raking the yard and hauling the debrist in my cart until the sun went down. Once inside the house, I cooked a quick hamburger, sorted through my clothes for the upcoming work-week and watched some sit-com re-runs and thought about getting ready for bed.  

About 10:00 p.m., I could hear thunder getting closer.  Still I didn’t get my hopes up.

About 10:15, I heard the first real drops, big drops.  I walked out into it and welcomed the rain.  I thanked it for coming to visit me after such a long time away.  

I came back into the house and turned off the radio and am just enjoying the sound of the rain on the roof, the thunder, the winds, my windchimes. Tomorrow will be muggy as hell, but tonight it sounds like heaven and the rumbling thunder soothes my soul.

It is already mid-July and the ground is thirsty.  It won’t be the kind of rain that truly quenches the earth, but any moisture is welcomed in this desert summer.  We don’t take rain for granted here.

Phoenix Weather

Morning Mist

Morning Mist

The Red Forest

The Red Forest

Pony Express National Historic Trail by Bob Wick, Wilderness Specialist for BLM's National Conservation Lands Middle Fork by Charlotte Darling, Rangeland Management Specialist, BLM Buffalo Field Office Hole in the Wall by BLM Wyoming Oregon Trail / National Historic Trails Center by Bob Wick, Wilderness Specialist for BLM's National Conservation Lands

mypubliclands:

Happy Birthday, Wyoming! 

On this day in history, Wyoming became the 44th state in 1890. The Bureau of Land Management administers more than 17.5 million acres of public lands and 40.7 million acres of federal mineral estate in Wyoming.

The state’s rugged and historic lands are rich in legend of outlaw activity in the late 1800s, most notably Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch Gang. BLM Wyoming manages the Middle Fork, Hole in the Wall and other infamous western sites as well as the longest and most intact segments of the National Historic Trails System which includes 1400 miles of the Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, California, Pony Express and Nez Perce trails

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center in Wyoming is a cooperative partnership between BLM, the National Historic Trails Center Foundation and the City of Casper. The Trails Center interprets the significant role of the area’s historic trails in the history of the United States, and seeks to promote public understanding of both America’s western Native cultures and historic westward expansion while highlighting BLM’s role as active stewards of public lands.

Dolphins - Point Danger, Australia - NAT GEO

Dolphins - Point Danger, Australia - NAT GEO