Desert Creatures of Arizona {Life by Lens}

For July, I thought I would highlight some of little desert creatures of Arizona...some are icky and some are pretty cool. In case you are just tuning in Life by Lens -- it is a project I am participating in with a wonderful group of photographers where our goal each month is to document the things that are important to us.   Life by Lens will be published on the 20th of each month.   Make sure you check out all of the photographers in the circle of Life by Lens!  The next blog is by the awesome photographer: Laura Dilley of Luzy Liz. 

First up is the Mesquite Tree Bug.  They don't bite or sting, just suck the sap out of the tree and beans, lay eggs and then die off.   Their life cycle is about 8 months.

Horned Lizard (or Horny Toad) It is like holding a prehistoric dinosaur in your hand....I was stroking his/her head and he/she was very content to sit there.   They will puff their body up to double the size when they feel threatened. 

Our ever present Round Tailed Ground Squirrels.   They come out in about Feb/March and stay around till August then go into hibernation.

and can't leave without sharing an awesome Arizona sunset

Reena Giola

Reena Giola Photography, Vail, AZ 85641