Sunday Morning in the Rincon Mountains


Rather than blather on about my Easter Sunday, I'll just share a few images from a morning hike in Tucson's Rincon mountains. Winter rains have given way to wildflowers, and in particular the Encelia brittlebush was spectacular.







Prickly pear:


A hoverfly guards his territory:


Pheidole worker ant gathering nectar from a barrel cactus:


Honeypot ants emerging from their nest:


Close-up of Aphaenogaster cockerelli, a common harvester ant:


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Wow! I love the images of the harvester ant. We have been commissioned to make a harvester ant sculpture for a pest control company in Phoenix. Your photographs are inspiring! Thanks!