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Frankenstone and Friends now available as an E-book

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New Greeting Cards

5x7_landscape_collage-snow-thumbWith the approaching holidays in mind, I have been busy adding lots of new images of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve for making into prints. I’ve also added two new greeting cards. Profits from sales go to the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy (my way of contributing to them). I thank you for your help in raising money! Check out my new stuff at Read more

Field Institute

mjensen-chuckwalla-browns-ranch-survey-3912As a Steward of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and also a Citizen Scientist, I take part in several surveys being conducted by the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy through their Field Institute. (Flora, Flying and Ground Insects, Mammal and Reptile). I try to attend most of the organized surveys and take photos for the Conservancy but I am always on the lookout for any creatures when I’m hiking in the Preserve and document what I see. Read more

Favorite Trails

mjensen-balanced-rockEven during summer, I do A LOT of hiking in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve (starting before sunrise). 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

Desert Shrooms and Blooms

mjensen-desert-shrooms-2018I’m back in Flagstaff but I’m not going to post anything from here until I catch up! So I will divide the rest of September into 3 posts starting with the wonderful rains we received early this month. Lots of rain is needed for Fungi to pop up in the Desert and we received both! Read more

Shrimp in the Desert

mjensen-tank-3182Recent rains have partially filled a cattle tank where the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy has been doing a survey documenting migrating water birds. Although I did see several birds and a few Killdeer, there were no ducks this time. Read more

Monsoon Sunrises

Saguaro Silhouette at Sunrise

Being a “Morning Person”, I love summers in Arizona! It is the only time of day cool enough to get anything done and I relish every hour. I do long hikes at least 4 times a week and in Summer I’m always up before the sun. Of course I am never without a camera in hand so I get lots of sunrise shots. On the other hand, I get very few sunsets. I’m ready for bed by that time 🙂

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Our First Week of Summer

Sonoran Desert SunriseThis last week, we experienced the hottest temperatures since living here and, in fact, some areas set new records! Before you feel sorry for us, though, know that although we would prefer it not get this hot, we all know how to deal with the heat. We all have air conditioned homes and cars and businesses are air conditioned so it is easy to escape. Also, because it is so dry here, even the smallest amount of shade can offer a little relief. You can tell who are locals because they are the ones standing in the shade of ANYTHING. Read more