Christmas Album

Some of my favorite Arizona photos from the last two days. Click on them to see full size.

Nesting cactus wren in the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve

Nesting herons on Oak Creek, almost directly above where I lived 30 years ago.

I was teaching high school science/math and coaching soccer at a boarding school in Cornville, Arizona, and lived about 15 feet from the creek. The school is shut down now, but everything looks the same – except for no kids.

Also, my dog was bigger 30 years ago. And liked to play soccer.

I used to take Dingo running up here every day, when CO2 was below 350 PPM.  Now that it is above 400 PPM, everything looks exactly the same – except for a lot more neurotic leftists on the trail hysterical about imaginary climate change.

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12 Responses to Christmas Album

  1. steve case says:

    Mozart – Symphony No. 40 in G minor

    Took me a few minutes to figure it out. God Bless the You Tube for such things.

  2. Disillusioned says:

    Great stuff, Tony.?

  3. Why has Dingo got a red face?

    And why has Tony got tits?

    Happy Christmas (belatedly) to all

    • rah says:

      Damn Paul, you’ve learned well from the Alarmists! :-)

    • cardo says:

      I surmise that Dingo was a color variation from the Jack in the Box kennels.

      As for the second statement: Everybody has mammaries , but that is not Tony.

      Thank you for the laughs .

      Tony and Paul you made my day.

  4. rah says:

    First drone footage we’ve seen from you in a while. The Grey Heron nesting there indicates that creek is a pretty reliable water source and not intermittent.

  5. AZ1971 says:

    My girlfriend’s family—all who live in Phoenix—was talking at Thanksgiving dinner about how much more cloudy this year has been than usual. They’re noticing more cloudy days during the year, even if we’re not getting more precipitation (although this year, 2018, we’ve had 9.15 inches, about 1.3 inches above the 30-year average of 7.86 inches.) I’m wondering how it compares to conditions back when you were teaching in Cornville, Tony. Any insight you can give into your personal experience/opinion?

    • tonyheller says:

      Arizona weather seems about the same as I remember it in 1974. Hot in the desert, snow on the rim. Looks like a big snowstorm is headed for much of the Sonoran desert.

      In January of 1979, there was more water in the Salt River than the Mississippi. Snowbowl had a 12 foot base. It rained all the time that winter.

  6. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    This little one was a Christmas present. The kid fledged on Christmas eve overseen by mom and dad and me (so that the wobbly flight didn’t land in neighbors’ yards with waiting dogs or cats).

    I put the nest box up in a tree in my yard, this was the first use of it!

  7. John of Cloverdale, Western Australia says:

    Great photos, Tony.

  8. David A says:

    For two years we lived by a small lake (3.5 mile perimeter hike) called Pinecrest, in Touleme County California.

    The Eagles used to wait on the trees while the Osprey hunted fish, then swoop down and scare the fish out of the Osprey grasp.

    One day an eagle, engaged in this theft, took off to get the successful Osprey. Flying by, just above the eagle, happened to be a Great Blue Heron. It let out a very very loud screech and dive bombed that eagle. That eagle could not get out of the area quickly enough!

    Thank you Tony H for all your service – work, and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

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