The Sonoran Desert is the most diverse in all of the four North American deserts with environments that encourages a surprising amount of greenery. It is more lush and green than you would imagine a desert to be. Exhibit 1 I am high five-ing and imperfect and magically twisted Saguaro cactus. He has imparted age old wisdom upon me during our encounter. Exhibit 2 is my fav desert plant Prickly Pear, 3 is a Barrel cactus sprouting fruit, 8 is ancient 1,000 year old Petroglyphs in the rocks, 9 is a wild Javelina (similar for a wild boar) crossing in front of our car, 10 me enjoying a Prickly Pear cocktail!! Desert wisdom: “In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We understand only what we are taught.”
2 1417 January, 2020
El merlín o esmerejón es una de las aves rapaces más pequeñas del mundo. Durante el invierno se le puede ver cazando aves en los pastizales de México y sur de los Estados Unidos.
The Merlin is one of the smallest birds of prey of the world. During the winter it can be seen hunting birds in the prairies of Mexico and southern United States.
This is the Arizona bark scorpion, the most venemous scorpion in North America. A sting can cause severe pain, paralysis, convulsions, vomiting, and in rare cases death. @olcal406 and I ran across this cool little critter while butchering a coues deer in the mountains of Mexico. Meanwhile, I want to write a pulpy murder thriller set in the Sonoran desert and titled “Scorpion” just so I can use this photo as the cover image. #fueledbynature#meateater#sonorandesert
Admiring the magic of the desert ✨🌵 I’m making it a point to learn more about the plant allies around me that exist in my local habitat. *
This desert native - Ambrosia ambrosioides - is also known as Canyon Ragweed & Bursage. It grows throughout Arizona and Southern California and thrives in washes like the one I sat in here. I went on a hike that morning with the intention of sitting with a plant to meditate with and this one called to me the most. I remembered practically nothing about her but the name, yet I felt an intuition toward it being a well-suited ally for women 🌱 *
After sorting through some of my library I read more about her and learned my intuition was indeed true. The Pima used this plant’s roots medicinally as a menstrual analgesic - a pain reliever - for menstrual cramps, hemorrhage, & pain. The roots were also used as a menstrual stimulant in the event of a late cycle or scant menses - specifically with feelings of congestion in the pelvis. *
The leaves have a different use altogether. They’re used in instances of heat centered allergic reactions - think whole body hives or general itchiness. Another traditional use is to alleviate rhinitis from pollen dust or animal hair. The leaves can be crushed up, warmed, and applied to the chest to loosen up a cough and is especially useful when there is impacted phlegm. * Caution in individuals with ragweed allergies* 📸: @kbalayphotography
4 1417 January, 2020
I love the flora and fauna of the North American deserts, and they were some of my favourite regions to draw. 🏜
People often point out the giant tarantula in Baja! It was actually a remnant from the earliest days of the map. I was still quite an amateur at the time, and most of the animals drawn in 2014 were removed and redrawn later on. They tended to be much too big. But this spider was always very popular and so I chose to leave it, as one of the few early map remnants on the west coast. Should probably shrink it down just a touch in Photoshop though... 😂🕷🕷
1 5717 January, 2020
Shitty pic but found a #crestedsaguaro the other day on my way to a customer in cave creek 🌵🤘🏻
1 3217 January, 2020
Awesome work activity on this retreat. They took us horseback riding!
Going through the river was really fun with the horses.
Super surprised to see the variety of ecosystems within a desert.
Learned how crazy cacti are.
Some “jump” their spines at you and other species are hundreds of years old. 🌵
Tonight lit up with a double rainbow, pink rain, and a golden glow that faded to red and purple. What a show! Photo @desertsirena .
📍Ancestral lands of the O’odham and Yaqui
5 4517 January, 2020
Tonight lit up with a double rainbow, pink rain, and a golden glow that faded to red and purple. A wonderful end to an already exciting day (more on that later). Check my stories for more photos and video!
📍Ancestral lands of the O’odham and Yaqui
Stinknet (𝘖𝘯𝘤𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘱𝘩𝘰𝘯 𝘱𝘪𝘭𝘶𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘶𝘮), a highly invasive weed, is set to make a big come back this spring outcompeting those wildflowers we love like poppies (𝘌𝘴𝘤𝘩𝘴𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘻𝘪𝘢 𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘯𝘪𝘤𝘢) and desert marigolds (𝘉𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘦𝘺𝘢 𝘮𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘪𝘳𝘢𝘥𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘢). If you see it, pull it from your yard! 🌼 Join our Stinknet workshop coming up Feb 24 in Cave Creek. Link in bio. 📸:Ron Vanderhoff, Anne Reeves, Jael Martinez
1 2717 January, 2020
Missed last night's spectacular sunset! But I was ready for tonight's show!
I haven’t done this in awhile, so let’s play a little game- 2 truths and a lie, you have to guess which one of these statements is a lie!
1. I’ve never broken a bone
2. My favorite holiday is Halloween
3. I have green eyes
Now it’s your turn! Tell me 2 truths and a lie about yourself and I will guess the answer!
Likes: Beer, music, and long walks on the beach. We’ve got you covered this Valentine’s Day with a chance to win a two-night getaway in a cabin at Lake Havasu State Park! Tour a local brewery, cozy up on the beach, and attend Rockabilly Reunion at the park! #linkinbio 📸 : @kannew2