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Flagstaff Fall Color Part Three

mjensen_hart-prairie-rd-aspens-0070 Still waiting for full blown color but enjoying the Aspen trees nonetheless! Following are more bits of color from various locations in Flagstaff. Read more

Flagstaff Fall Color Part Two

mjensen-inner-basin-trail-aspen-sky-4350There was a LITTLE color when I first arrived and even a yellow tree here and there but overall, it has another week to go. Here are some color photos from my first few days in Flagstaff. Read more

Favorite Trails

mjensen-balanced-rockEven during summer, I do A LOT of hiking in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve (starting before sunrise).ย Several new trails opened this year giving us access into some really interesting places. The McDowell Sonoran Preserve now encompasses over 27,000 acres and more land is set to be preserved. The north area of the Preserve is my favorite not only because the area is very close to home but because of the amazing terrain and rock formations! Following are some photos from my favorite trails. Read more

Two Mountain Loop

Yesterday morning, I hiked around Cone Mountain and Browns Mountain….an 8 mile loop. It was a spectacular day! I’m posting mostly to Google Plus these days so please visit to see more of my images. CLICK HERE to go to my albums and then click “view all of Marianne’s albums”. I plan to get back in the habit of posting here soon. I have lots of MSC field institute images to share.

Citizen Scientist

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been part of the Flora and Reptile Surveys going on in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Well…now the Bird survey and the Small Mammal Survey have started and soon a Large Mammal (involves setting up cameras) and Insect Survey will start. I want to help with them all!!! which is why I’ve been a little lapse in posting here. Today I’m posting a photo from our first Small Mammal Survey which resulted in catching a few species of mice. The one posted here is a Desert Pocket Mouse. They were so darned cute ๐Ÿ™‚
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Flora Survey Round Two

Today marked the second round of the Flora Survey of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Today we went to the Lost Dog Wash and boy…was it dry! So far this year, we’ve only received half the amount of normal rainfall so much of our desert is very dry. We did manage to find one plant that hadn’t been documented, though. We had lots of fun including almost stepping on a sleeping Rattlesnake! We were literally inches from it. We then came across and collected a Javelina skull and a small carnivore’s skull which we guessed might be a baby coyote. They will be used by the Conservancy’s naturalist in her educational programs. She was very excited to get them ๐Ÿ™‚

Besides collecting (I’m a Steward), I typically also take photos for the Conservancy’s Facebook Page. Here is a collage of some of those photos.

Tough Training

Chris has embraced Crossfit, the Paleo Diet and Tough Mudders for the past 5 years and continues to be passionate about all of it. So much so that he now has a website and will be starting a blog giving tips on Training, Nutrition, Recovery, etc! He also has a public Facebook page doing the same. He’s not sure where he’ll go with all this but I see more photo ops in my future ๐Ÿ™‚

Created with Photoshop Elements “Out of Bounds” tutorial”

Happy Hikers

People photography is not my thing but when I came across this scene on the Arizona Trail, I had to shoot it! Happy hikers and happy dogs so I asked for permission and this is the result. It looked great on my LCD so I offered to mail them a file which they were happy about. We had a nice chat and found out they are mother and daughter. Daughter just moved to Flag and Mother lives in Old Town Scottsdale. Thanks ladies!