Although Spring does not officially arrive until later this month, it has definitely sprung early in Tucson this year. Wildflowers blooming, milder than average temperatures and that certain something in the air make it a great time to get out … Continue reading
In January I was fortunate enough to attend the PAII (Professional Association of Innkeepers International) Conference in Charleston, SC. It is the big annual meeting of innkeepers from all over the country. http://www.innkeeping.org/ We go to these kinds of gatherings … Continue reading
My trip this past weekend to one of Tucson’s many Farmers Markets was most fruitful! Well, mostly it was vegetableful – perfect green beans, fresh new potatoes and salad greens, all locally grown. Today I combined them with some other … Continue reading
Found primarily in the Sonoran Desert, the Couch’s spadefoot is named for the elongated, sickle-shaped, horny tubercle on the underside of each rear foot, which it uses to dig itself into the ground. There it remains buried in the soil … Continue reading
This morning when I popped out of the dining room door I scared up a covey of 5 Gambel’s quail chicks and their chattering parents. I don’t usually expect to see them until well into May, so I was a … Continue reading
The bizarre-looking, slow-moving, plant-eating walking stick – among the most intriguing of the insects – has raised camouflage, mimicry and defense to a veritable art form. Through an adaptation called “crypsis,” it blends in so perfectly with its natural habitat … Continue reading
Our assistant extraordinaire Molly and the tallest wild sunflowers we have ever seen! One gallon starters the spring before last, they die back in the winter only to explode in the Spring and bloom again when Autumn rolls around.