Category Archives: Arizona

This female humming bird was busily building her nest on this mid February afternoon next to a path in the Phoenix Botanical Gardens.

Humming Bird Nesing

Canon 7D Mark II, Sigma 150-600 f/5-6.3 S @ f/6.3, 600mm, 1/400 sec., ISO 1250, 02/14/16 @ 12:06 local time

Curve-billed Thrasher

Canon 7D Mark II, Sigma 150-600 f/5-6.3 S @ f/9, 401mm, 1/2500 sec., ISO 1000, 01/17/16 @ 10:53 local time

After an extended stay in California I finally made it back to Arizona for a weekend and visited one of my favorite photography haunts, Desert Botanical Garden. I mainly went to shoot humming birds and a butterfly or two if I could find one this time of winter, but this Curve-bill Thrasher wouldn’t leave me alone. He just had to know exactly what I was doing, so I took a few frames as he posed.

Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 17-40 f/4 @ f/18, 22mm, 1/13 sec., ISO 200, 07/12/15 @ 1818 local time

Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 17-40 f/4 @ f/18, 22mm, 1/13 sec., ISO 200, 07/12/15 @ 18:18 local time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Juniper tree stands at the edge of the Grand Canyon greeting visitors as they look over this wonder of the world. The clouds above gather creating this exquisite display of the vast canyon below.

 

 

Bee on a Sunflower

Bee on a Sunflower

Canon 70D, Sigma 150-600 f/5-6.3 w/ Canon 2x Teleconverter III @ f/13, 1200mm, 1/500 sec., ISO 500, 06/21/15 @ 0843 local time

A bee gathering pollen from this sunflower late in June on a very warm Phoenix morning. Most sunflowers have disappeared by this time in the summer, with daytime temperatures reaching upwards of 115 degrees. This is one of the last ones of the season.

Feeding in Flight

Feeding In Flight

Canon 70D, Sigma 150-600 f/5-6.3 @ f/8, 534mm, 1/2500 sec., ISO 1000, 06/06/15 @ 0929 local time


This hummingbird was captured at the Phoenix Botanical Gardens feeding on the open flowers while flying. She hung round for several minutes attracting much attention of the guests of the Garden while she got her breakfast.