From Tubac Nature

Set on the river, in the Santa Cruz Valley, between sky islands, Tubac and Southern Arizona holds some of the most diverse ecosystems in the Northern Hemisphere.

Borderlands Photographer: Summertime Blues

Summertime in the borderlands is a time of thinning crowds and thickening clouds. During the southwestern monsoon, as June turns to July, the wide open skies fill up with the most dramatic weather of any place on Earth. The June heat drives away many seasonal residents. It’s the hottest month of all in southern Arizona…

BIRDING IN TUBAC, May 2015

Some of the most gorgeous, avian eye candy in the United States can be enjoyed in two spots near downtown Tubac without burning more calories than you would watching TV in your den. If you have mobility issues or are just lethargic, it’s not even necessary to get out of your car. Don’t believe me?…

Bountiful Butterflies: Our Lovely Lepidopterans

If all life on Earth were to suddenly vanish, save we humans who seem hell-bent on accomplishing this grim result, one of the set of species I would miss the most is Butterflies. I would surely pine for their silent graceful and fanciful flights, which often lighten my thoughts. Their incredible diversity of colors, patterns,…

Boaters give back through trash clean-ups

The 265-acre Patagonia Lake, created in 1975, offers boating, fishing, bird-watching, hiking, picnics and camping.
The park includes a beach, picnic area with ramadas, tables and grills, a creek trail, boat ramps, a marina, and the Lakeside Market. There is a campground, boat-in camp sites, restrooms, showers, and a dump station. Boat rentals, fishing licenses, bait and ice are available at the market.
With the goal of keeping the lake somewhat peaceful, Personal Water Craft (PWCs), jet-skis, waterbikes, above-water exhausts boats, and V-8 jet boats are prohibited.
The park’s entrance, between Nogales and Patagonia, is four miles west of State Highway 82.
The entry fee is $10 for vehicles with one to four persons.
On weekends and holidays the fee is $15. Contact the park at (520) 287-6965 for complete fee details.

Rugged Charm of the Atascosa and Tumacacori Mountains

The Borderlands Photographer The borderlands – what a great place to be! With vast wilderness at your doorstep, not too many other states can boast that benefit for lovers of the outdoors. Southern Arizona’s Atascosa and Tumacacori Mountains form a panorama called Tumacacori Highlands, which also includes the Pajarito Mountains at the border. To residents…

My Sky Islands Nature Bucket List

Well, I just turned 50 – half a century, 5 decades, 600 months…. Yes, I am older, but I have also just become more ambitious! I decided that perhaps a bucket list is not a bad thing after all. I used to think of them as a sort of escape from everyday life and strictly…

A Celebration of the Borderlands, Part 5

Remind the snowbirds who migrate northward to cooler climes: they’ll miss out on our monsoon season, the fierce majesty of a nature’s performance art. The borderlands photographer swoons for the monsoon. For him or her, August and September is a season to remember. It’s the tumultuous “second springtime” of the Sonoran Desert in parched late…

It’s a Squirrel, it’s a Monkey, it’s a Raccoon, no…. it’s a Coati!

Our Growling, Prowling, Tree-climbing Monkey-Squirrel Wandering the Madrean Evergreen Woodland near a flowing stream in Monsoon season, you unexpectedly stumble upon a dozen or so creatures that belie your initial attempts at identification. You’ve certainly never encountered this species before! A jumble of tails amidst the fits and starts of a clearly spooked group of mammals…

Borderlands Slideshow

Remind the snowbirds who migrate northward to cooler climes: they’ll miss out on our monsoon season, the fierce majesty of a nature’s performance art. The borderlands photographer swoons for the monsoon. For him or her, August and September is a season to remember. It’s the tumultuous “second springtime” of the Sonoran Desert in parched late…