Oro Valley resident Betty Brauer Amstutz snapped this shot as this roadrunner stopped and looked at her at the Vistoso Commerce Loop in Oro Valley.
While attending the Raptor Freeflight Show at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Mike Groshans took this photo just before this barn owl flew over his head.
Oro Valley resident Andy Hogan, who is a decent with his wife Joanne at Tohono Chul Park, saw this Common Buckeye while leading the Butterfly Tour at the park late last month.
Looking at their neighbor’s house in Vistoso Ridge, Teree Bergman saw these javalina feasting on a Halloween treat.
Oro Valley resident Dianne Slotten went to see the exotic butterfly exhibit at the Tucson Botanical Garden with her husband. While there, found the local insects interesting, including this grasshopper with its fascinating textures and colors.
While Dan Frizzell was out an about, he saw this Great Egret just north of Naranja Drive, on Mountain Breeze Drive.
Marana resident Jessica Barnabei took this photo of her 6-year-old sister, Amanda Neil, with the watermelon she grew in her backyard, which weighed 65 pounds.
Oro Valley residents Larry and Candy Kincaid have seen some bats visiting, and draining, their hummingbird feeder at night. Send your photos to email@example.com. Please include your name, contact information and details about the photo, including who took it, where it was taken and the subject.
Earlier this month, Explorer reader Jeff Puskas captured this shot of the gray fox, which was recently relocated to a new environment at the museum.
Earlier this summer, Marana resident Gene Robles took a photo of this painted cactus, which they call “Opuntia Sisters.”
Charles Miller, who recently moved to Marana, took a drive up to Mt. Lemmon and saw this red-tailed hawk perched on a high branch.
Black and white moth
Northwest resident Clinta Bibeau saw this 4.5-inch black and white moth on the wall of her house late last month.
Marana resident Jutta H. Schmidt found this female black widow on her back patio of her Dove Mountain home last week.
Oro Valley resident Barbara Wisner saw this hawk resting in the tree on her backyard patio.
Cactus and bees
Patrice Flaune'-Hamilton photographed this beautiful cactus that sits on our back patio bloomed twice this summer. I took this picture the second time it bloomed on 7/13/13 and it had more flowers than the first time. The bees loved it for a day.
Mr. Wig Head
Neri A. Mauzy took this in her yard. She calles this barrel cactus "Mr. Wig Head". The seeds left after the flowers died, sprouted and that is how it came to be such a special cowboy friend.
Lesser Night Hawk
Marana's Kim Ohl photographed this Lesser Night Hawk first with two eggs next to her then the next day one has hatched.
Marana resident Tina Spoon saw this in her backyard by the pond a few weeks ago. The bobcat came up and took a drink at the pond, sat down and cleaned his paws and then ambled along on his way.
Young Fish Hook Barrel Cactus
This tiny 4" Fish Hook Barrel Cactus was displaying its first flower this July. The photo was taken by Carol Nault while she and husband, Gene, were hiking near Romero Pools in Catalina State Park.
Oro Valley resident Betty Brauer Amstutz snapped this artistic shot of the bottle collection on the wall of Noble Hops.
Monsoon Storm in Oro Valley
Harrison J. Elkins took this photo early last month of a monsoon storm in Oro Valley. The shot was achieved by making a composite of three 10-second exposures.
Javelina Bedding Area
Reader photoExplorer Newspaper reader Wendy Timm saw a group of four javelina late last month relaxing in her yard within the aptly named, “Javelina Bedding Area.”
Gary Anderson had never seen a Gila Monster outside of the Desert Museum, until he saw this one earlier this year around his home near the Tucson Mountains.
Picnic in the Park
While Becky Greenfield was at the Oro Valley Aquatic Center, her and her kids were feeding this little guy grapes as he came up on the kids’ beach towels.
This was the first time SaddleBrooke resident Sheryl Kocher’s cactus flowers were able to bloom before being eaten by deer. She made sure to capture a photo for this occasion.
Oro Valley resident Karen Klay found a nest with two chicks made by a mourning dove on the pad of a prickly pear cactus.
Quail and her chicks
Northwest resident Betty Brauer Amstutz took this of a female Gambel’s quail carefully herding her six chicks through her backyard.
I've got them
Oro Valley resident Debra Loberg sent in this photo, taken by the boys’ aunt Kristen Lingana, as they were beating the heat and playing in the pool. She titled the photo “I’ve got them.”
Hot Air Balloon Fun
Marana resident Claire Klingler took this photo from a hot air balloon over the Tucson Mountains.
Mr. Quail and Friends
Northwest resident Don Bennett captured this quail standing near two lizards on a wall, which he saw from his dining room window.
Marana resident Louise Stanton captured this photo of a regal-horned lizard while in Catalina State Park last month.
Moon over mountains
Northwest resident Steve Miller took this photo of the moon over the Tucson Mountains.
Oro Valley resident David Capo, 13, and his father James recently took a Spring break trip to northern Arizona. While there, David took this shot in Upper Antelope Canyon, near Page.
Easter egg hunt
While getting ready for the Easter egg hunt at Arthur Pack Regional Park on March 31, Northwest resident Shelli Terrell snapped this shot.
Snake vs Shark
Mid-last month Chuck and Tracey Martin saw this and Tracy took this picture of a rattlesnake using their shark-shaped chlorine dispenser in their spa as a life preserver.
Monica Wright took this photo during a recent thunderstorm as it rolled by her house.
While near Butterfield Elementary School around Ina and Thornydale roads, Michael Moriarty saw this red-tailed hawk using a palm tree as a perch.
Bob the Bobcat
Last month, Mark Bleicher of Oro Valley took this picture of a bobcat in the back yard with his iPhone.
Snowy Oro Valley
Oro Valley resident Suzy Baxter saw this unusual sight in River Front Park last week after Tucson was blanketed with snow.
Prickly Valentine's Day
Oro Valley resident Betty Brauer Amstutz saw this heart-shaped pad of a prickly pear cactus just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Hot air balloon
Last month Michael Farnsworth grabbed his camera as a hot air balloon flew over his house in Continental Ranch.
Stephanie Mathews decided to take some American southwest style photos on Picture Rocks Road with her husband. She titled this photo, “Marlboro Man.”
While out for a walk in Sunflower, Bruce Graves thought this mesquite tree could not decide which way was up.
Spacecraft in the clouds
Oro Valley resident Lance Takacs said his kids, Ethan and Emily, were quite surprised to see a “giant saucer-shaped spacecraft” that was above the Santa Catalina mountains last week.
Last sunset of 2012
Oracle resident Celina Archunde took this photo on New Year’s Eve while on the Charouleau Gap Trail, which is in the Santa Catalina Mountains, east of SaddleBrooke.
Leon Rossow, who lives in the Continental Ranch area, recently sent the Explorer this photo of a cooper’s hawk that he took in his back yard in August.
Oro Valley resident Richard Chapman looked out the window and saw these bobcats taking a quick nap on the steps that lead up to the roof of his house.
While visiting Al and Vicky Coletti in SaddleBrooke, Hiromi Matsuda who is from Japan, took this photo while enjoying lunch after some rain.
Oro Valley resident Betty Brauer Amstutz spotted these two giant swallowtails together in a mesquite tree.
Great blue heron
Earlier this year, while Claire Klingler was in her Pinetop home, she saw this great blue heron on the edge of a pond amongst the fall-colored aspen trees.
Sunset On The Highway
Celina Archunde took this picture of the sun setting as she headed south on State Route 77 last month.
Northwest resident Monica Wright saw this Vermilion Flycatcher at Tortolita Junior High earlier this year.
Marana resident Kimberly P-Chadwick took this photo of a great-horned owl perched on top of her arbor in her back yard earlier this year.
Last month, Oro Valley resident Betty Brauer Amstutz luckily had her camera while at Naranja Park as the sun set, turning the western sky gold, red and orange.
Cactus Wren Jump
Oro Valley resident Betty Brauer Amstutz was able to capture this cactus wren as it jumped from one cactus to another in her neighbor’s yard.
Hot Air Balloon
Steve Miller looked over at the Tucson Mountains from his backyard to see this hot air balloon descending behind the mountains and was able to snap this shot.
Oro Valley resident Dan Cote rescued this scorpion from his pool one morning so that it could go on and live another day.
While Oro Valley resident Betty Brauer Amstutz flew into Tucson last month, she saw these interesting cloud formations over the mountains.
Steve Miller, who lives by the Tucson Mountains, captured this photo of a dragonfly from his backyard.
Last month Marana resident Stephanie Mathews decided to chase some storms around the Northwest, as the monsoon season came to an end. While on the adventure, she stumbled upon the tunnel at the north end of Thornydale Road, leading into Saguaro Ranch.
Oro Valley residents Angie and Mike Naish routinely have had bats come and feed out of their hummingbird feeder during their migration this year.
Northwest resident Cody Sontag took her camera outside one morning while paying respects to Neil Armstrong last month, as Armstong's family asked people to do so, by winking at the moon. Ms. Sontag felt the moon winked back in this photo.
Sixteen-year-old Julia Velasquez, who lives in Oro Valley, heard some dogs barking outside only to find this Gila Monster sitting on the on the wall in her back yard.
SaddleBrooke resident Karyle Steele saw some baby bobcat kittens playing on their wall. While opening window blinds in the dinning room, Steele was a little surprised to find the mother bobcat feet away from her on the other side of the window.
Lightning at sunset
Earlier this month, Oro Valley resident Harrison Elkins, 16, took his camera out and captured this lighting bolt as the sun set.
Oro Valley resident Kathy Shilling saw this owl spending the entire day sitting under their fig tree late last month.
Reader photoLate last month, Marana resident Gordon Slifer was riding his bicycle early in the afternoon when he saw this bobcat cross his path. He got off his bicycle to see where it went. As he bent down to see if it went into a culvert, it came out and they both stood frozen face to face about 10 feet from each other. His camera was close by and he snapped this shot.
Northwest resident Dawn Hagler saw this sunset following a monsoon storm late last month.
Nine-year-old Joel Petrass, who lives in Oro Valley, saw this mother squirrel and its child playing on his neighbor’s roof.
Bobcat taking a drink
Northwest resident Donna Bishop took this photo of a bobcat sipping water at a friend’s home in the Catalina Foothills.
A Rabbit and Quails
Oro Valley resident Laurie Floerchinger saw this rabbit nosing his way in for a drink amidst a family of quail. All the animals are trying to stay cool and hydrated in the shade.
Oro Valley resident Peggy Hubbard saw that a mother bird in her yard used a portion of The Explorer Newspaper, which reads, “What makes your mother the best?” to build her nest.
Oro Valley resident Shirl Lamonna noticed this family of quail looking for water, so she put a dish of water out. The babies took to playing in the water rather than drinking it.
Rancho Vistoso resident Karen Zadina saw this bobcat perched on the wall in her backyard earlier this month.
SaddleBrooke resident Rich Adams captured this photo of his cat Syd protecting the house from a bobcat, safely behind a window.
Red tail hawk
SaddleBrooke resident Bob Koblewski has been following a pair of young red tailed hawks and recently saw this one perched in a tree where a pair of ruby crowned kinglets disapproved and attacked it until it flew away.
Northwest resident Kim Culbertson saw this coyote family with six pups in her front yard. She said she has really enjoyed watching the dynamics of the family play just outside her door.
Paul Pomeroy saw these crescent-shaped spots filter through the leaves in a tree onto his garage during the solar eclipse last week in Oro Valley.
Northwest resident Andrea Lybarger captured this photo as this snake made its way down a 20-foot saguaro, looking in each hole along its way.
Catalina’s Atree Lippert saw these young ground squirrels playing on a hill behind his house.
Oro Valley resident Jim Roberts saw this javelina getting a little pushy around the prickly pear cacti behind his house in Rancho Vistoso.
Over the past few weeks, The Explorer has received numerous photos of owls nesting in and around saguaros, including this one taken by Robert Shea, which was taken north of SaddleBrooke.
Dove in motion
Oro Valley resident Betty Amstutz captured the motion of this white-winged dove as it took off from her backyard feeder.
Tucsonan Glen Falkoff was at Saturday’s Air Show at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and captured this shot of six F-16s flying in formation overhead.
Oro Valley resident Laura Hawks took a picture last month of her cactus, which she said only blooms in March.
Trace and Tonya Tague really liked the blast of color that came from this aloe bloom in their front yard in Oro Valley.
Oro Valley resident Rob Phillips saw this owl near his home and titled it, “Whooo Whooo u lookin at?”
Catalina resident Rick Wallen was in Honeybee Canyon Park, only a short distance from the parking lot, and came across this rattlesnake.
SaddleBrooke resident and Explorer receptionist Sheryl Kocher had this cactus bloom in her front yard, which grabbed the attention of others in the neighborhood as numerous people stopped to take pictures of the bloom.
While out at the Sweetwater Wetlands, Oro Valley resident Jeremy Hayes saw this bobcat pause long enough to yawn, and walk off.
During a hike with his wife to Romero Pools from Catalina State Park, Harvey Jessup saw these bees working on a thistle flower along the trail. The two are from Yukon, Canada, and have traveled to Oro Valley for the last four years.
While near the Biosphere 2, Elisabeth Wheeler snapped this photo of Mount Lemmon off in the distance, the Santa Catalina Mountains and a hill covered in Mexican golden poppies.
Northwest resident Luc Byette sees this Cooper’s Hawk every morning and at the end of each day, most likely looking for its breakfast and dinner.
Last week at the Tucson Rodeo Michael Moriarty took this photo as a bareback bronco rider hung on for eight seconds.
Oro Valley resident Allan Hoagberg took his camera outside on
Arizona’s 100th birthday, Feb. 14, and captured this as snow fell
on his garden in Sun City Vistoso.
Hot Air Balloons
Like many other mornings this times of year, northwest resident
Joyce Olson saw these three hot air balloons in flight last Friday
and was able to capture them along with Kitt Peak off in the
While Marana resident Claire Klingler was out walking her dog
Saturday, she heard this hawk squawking from atop a saguaro.
Oro Valley resident Ron Cottrell took this using his telescope
that is specifically made for looking at the sun. Using a camera
and special software, Cottrell combined a few images to create this
photo, and included the Earth as a reference for size.
Reader photo Oro Valley resident Steve Maushardt said this male
bluebird stops at the James D. Kreigh Park every year for a few
weeks to rest during its migration.
Carol Hallifax, who lives with her husband Rob in the Northwest
for a couple months each year, picked up his camera when she saw
this sunrise last Wednesday. The couple hails from Kansas, but
really enjoy their time spent in the Northwest.
Robert Shea saw this male Northern Shoveler in a pond around the
SaddleBrooke golf course on the first morning of the New Year. Shea
said the duck had been living in the pond for about a week so
Late last month while at the Preserve Golf Course in
SaddleBrooke, Tucsonan Matt Mattson saw what appeared to be an
eight-legged, two-headed deer, though it was two deer standing next
to each other.
During a recent trip to Rocky Point, Mexico, Oro Valley resident
Nancy Palm tossed a tortilla chip to a seagull that patiently
waited as they ate their dinner overlooking the Sea of Cortez.
Oro Valley resident Hannah McLeod saw this view of a snow-capped
Mount Lemmon one morning from Cañada Del Oro Riverfront Park along
Lambert Lane earlier this month.
Northwest resident Claire Klingler saw this female cardinal
waiting its turn to feed at a suet feeder.
While heading outside for lunch last week, Adam Wade, an optical
engineer at Geost, noticed this Cooper’s hawk having a lunch of its