Flowers and Bugs in Arizona

I haven’t felt much like blogging for a few months now. Have I been Blue? Yes, some days. Other days, I’ve been seeing Red (but that is a post for another day). Very occasionally, I’m Mellow Yellow – (white wine can do that). For the past week or so I’ve been kind of Grey though – I’ve got a cold.

I perked up, however, when I saw the Photo Challenge this week was Color (or Colour).

So, what to choose for this theme?


In the creepy crawly department, I found a scorpion in the bathroom the other day, but in my hurry to remove it from the house, I didn’t get a photo. I did, however, find this very handsome Large Milkweed Bug a few days later – well, actually I found lots of them and they were very absorbed with mating, so I had to wait for some time to take a picture that wouldn’t compromise their right to privacy. They are mostly black bugs, but they have bold red accents.

Any colour – so long as it’s black.
– Henry Ford –


A recent visit to Goldfield Ghost Town offered many opportunities to photograph the bright yellow flowers, blue skies and Superstition Mountains, all while eating ice cream in a freshly baked waffle cone. Life just doesn’t get any better than that.

Another bug – a honey bee in a the bright pink flowers of – well something. Arizona plants and insects are still pretty much a mystery to me.


Things happen fast here in the Sonoran Desert. These Wolfberries are already a deep red orange in colour and I expect they will be a welcome food source for something very soon. I have read that the berries are people food too, but Arizona berries are pretty much a mystery to me too.

When the water of a place is bad it is safest to drink none that has not been filtered through either the berry of a grape, or else a tub of malt. These are the most reliable filters yet invented.
– Samuel Butler –

37 thoughts on “Flowers and Bugs in Arizona

  1. The one good thing about not blogging so much is you won’t get FP’d and lose your membership in our rare and exalted club. Otherwise, I’ve missed you.


    1. Thanks Al. You are very right – if I don’t blog, then I am not in danger of being FP’d. Who would have thought I would NOT want to be Fp’d? (Is that reverse psychology or what!)


  2. Scorpion…in the bathroom? Had I been there you would have had a study in white: me, white as a sheet, passed out on the white bathroom tiles.

    Thanks for the beautiful photos!


    1. Gee Peg, I saw you more as an action kind of gal. At the very least, you would have whipped out your handy Peg-Co scorpion relocation device and had the situation under control before the man of the house had a chance to scream. (Not that the man of my house screamed. No, none of us screamed. A bit of shouting maybe…)


      1. Actually, you’re probably right, at least about small stuff. A couple of years ago I killed a brown recluse spider in the sink in the office bathroom and my main reaction was “gee, is this really a highly poisonous spider? Let’s look it up, shall we?”

        But large sized slithering/crawling/furry stuff that is indoors with me – not such a big fan.

        I’ll get the Peg-Co engineers working on that device right quick.


    1. I think I’m coming down the home stretch with this cold. It has lasted for two boxes of kleenex, which is quite long, I think.


    1. Yes, he or she was wonderfully decked out. I never realized there were so many interesting critters until I got my macro lens.


  3. I really enjoyed your photography as I explored your blog a little. I decided to follow your blog and hope you will get interested again. I would like to see more new photography.


    1. Thanks OS – bugs really are quite fascinating up close and I’m finding lots of new subjects here in Arizona. The Canadian bugs are still hibernating.


  4. Hi Margie! I’m glad you’re enjoying Arizona. I believe the bug on your milkweed is called a Hawk Wasp. They are said to be harmless, but they always look scary to me. But your photo makes it look beautiful. Hope you’re feeling better and don’t find any more scorpions.


    1. The only hawk wasp I could find on the internet was the tarantula hawk wasp, but it is a couple of inches long, and my bug was only about a half an inch long or less. I hope I never come across either a tarantula or a tarantula hawk wasp!


    1. Thanks Dor. Actually I’m getting ready to turn White. We return to Canada shortly, and it is still snowing there.


  5. Color me green with envy for the waffle cone and filtered water :-). Nice shots. Hope days ahead are rosy, Margie.


  6. Love your pictures and comments as always though it kind of depresses me that you are experiencing such wonderful signs of spring where you are and we are still knee deep in winter! In spite of it being a little cool this morning it is a gorgeous day with the sun reflecting off the new snow that we received on the weekend. Thankfully there is warmth from the sun this time of year and it is helping to melt the mounds of snow in the backyard. I don’t think we will be having a weiner roast this weekend to celebrate a grandson’s birthday – we haven’t found the fire pit yet!


    1. I’ve been watching the weather reports back home. It seems like spring is quite late this year – snow flurries expected later today!

      Here in the Desert much is in bloom. Birds are busy building nests. I’m not looking forward to heading back to Canada, actually!


  7. That milkweed bug is a true stunner– makes a great header, too. Eating ice cream in a ghost town– sounds perfect. Glad there was a friendly spook makin’ with the scoops. I’d never heard of wolfberries. I’ll bet Li’l Red Riding Hood had some in her basket, and so attracted bad company…

    You and your posts are always a delight– they certainly elevate my mood. Cheers, Margie! : )


    1. Thanks Patti. I think colour is so such an interesting topic. Colour may just seem to be there, but nature has a reason for each one. Contemplating those reasons sure takes time!


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