While in Arizona last week, we visited the wonderful Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, a jewel in the desert. The ASDM is also the publisher of the kids' book I illustrated. I was thrilled to be able to visit this place at last.
I think my favourite part of that visit was the Raptor Free Flight Demonstration. They were flying Harris's Hawks the day we were there. What extraordinary birds! These hawks hunt cooperatively, which is unusual amongst raptors.
Two beauties take a break during the show.
I love the colouring of these birds.
After the show, some of us stayed around to chat with the handlers. At one point, the handler near us put a scrap of meat on the pole right in front of us, and this hawk flew over. Unfortunately he knocked her meat treat to the ground in the process, but I got a nice photo!
I very much enjoyed the reptiles and amphibians on display inside, although I have managed to forget the names of almost all the creatures I photographed. Alas...
Uh, well, it's a rattlesnake and it's not the "Katie" kind.
Another cool snake. I wish Roger were here, because he'd just rattle off the names... ooooh, bad pun!
How can you not love a face like that? Yes, another rattler.
And in the gift shop, look what Gordon found:
I was pretty excited to see our book on a shelf in an actual bookstore!
Love this place! I'm so glad I finally got to visit after working with the wonderful people there for so long.
The drive home from the ASDM was very pretty and dramatic, with steep hills and lots of curves in the road. Halfway up, we stopped at a scenic look-out:
After the winding drive back the guesthouse, we relaxed...
A bottle fo Guinness, a computer, binoculars and a sketchbook (and a book on opening your own solo law practice, a hint of things to come!!!) What more do you need for a good time?
Our guesthouse. Peaceful, quiet and private with lots of wildlife around (pics of that to come in later posts!)
We just loved this place: Sahuaro Ranch Hideaway.