Texas Ranger after a Monsoon

Texas Ranger

This plant is beautiful after a monsoon rain. The Texas Ranger, Texas Sage or Barometer plant, scientific name, Leucophyllum, is a popular plant in the desert landscape for its bright purple blooms after a rain. Often sheered into perfectly round balls of shrubery, I prefer to let it go wild. … Continue reading

Summer on the San Pedro River

Summer on the San Pedro

This is a charming video portraying a high school graduate’s summer spent exploring the San Pedro Riparian and Conservation Area. If you don’t know what the SPRNCA has to offer watch this video. Mike Foster, San Pedro River Videos, is an ardent supporter of the Friends of the San Pedro … Continue reading

Cactus of the Sonoran Desert: The Boojum Tree

Boojum Trees

Headed north to Globe on State Route 77, Yucca and Cardon litter the countryside. A trip from Tucson to Boyce Thompson Arboretum to see the Boojum trees is well worthwhile. Mike Foster, San Pedro River Videos, is an ardent supporter of the Friends of the San Pedro River which serves … Continue reading

Plants of the San Pedro River and the Borderlands

Plants of San Pedro River

Watch this inspiring video describing over 50 desert plants that inhabit the region around the San Pedro River and the borderland hills. Mimi Kamp talks about edible and medicinal plants as well as Desert Tobacco and its use. Did you ever wonder what a live Devil’s Claw looks like before … Continue reading

Edible Cactus of the Southwest

Prickly Pear preparation

For all you foodies out there who are interested in edible native plants of the Southwest, foods and preparation, this video is for you. Among other things, Mike Foster, San Pedro River Videos, is an ardent supporter of the Friends of the San Pedro River which serves to educate people … Continue reading

Desert Pavement and Desert Varnish

Desert Pavement

Denise Bausch of the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge on the Colorado River in Southwest Arizona near Yuma defines desert pavement and desert varnish and their importance in desert environments. It’s a two hour Drive from Yuma, a bit closer from Blythe, but if you want a true desert environment experience, … Continue reading

Whitewater Draw Comes Alive; Monsoon Season in Arizona

Whitewater Draw Arizona

The Whitewater Draw comes alive in the monsoon season in Southern Arizona northeast of Bisbee. It is a perfect place to hear the calls of many species of frogs and toads. But you have to be quick and timing is everything. This video by Mike Foster, explains the Monsoons, the … Continue reading

A List of Bird Watching Festivals and Websites around Tucson

Elegant Trogon

Bird watching is big around Tucson. Southern Arizona boasts the 2nd Largest Bird Species habitat in the world. The Amazon rainforest is #1. With over 230 identified species of birds, Southern Arizona is prime birding country. From Ramsey Canyon, the Hummingbird capital of the world, to cool and beautiful Madera … Continue reading