Arriving home after 10 days in the Southwest, our cats have perhaps never been happier to see @anwpnw and I. Though it has been over 20 years since I’ve lived in or visited Arizona, it has, on some level, always retained a feeling of home for me. In visiting a place after so long, there’s a risk of reality redefining memory. You can’t go home again, but you can rediscover what made a place feel like home originally. After so long it does still retain a feeling of home for me, and it was fun to share that with Amy. We will be back, maybe next time in monsoon season.
Moving up and down thousands of feet in elevation, bees were sometimes harder to come across than I’d hoped. But when we found them, we found them in abundance. I’ve been awake since 3am, so I’ll kick it off with something a little familiar— a Diadasia species in a globemallow (Sphaeralcea sp.) in the Superstition Mountains outside of Phoenix. There will be a lot of Sphaeralcea orange in my feed for a while.
#pollinators #arizonabees #insects #entomology #superstitionmountains #phoenix #arizona #macro #macrophotography