Saturday, June 27, 2009

"Sky Island"

The term "Sky Island" refers to habitat of significant elevation which supports plants and animals that cannot survive in the low desert lands.
Longing to be amongst the green grass, ferns, pine trees and the Aspens we headed for the top of Mt Lemmon.
Truly not what you would expect to find in the middle of the Sonoran Desert.
Heading up to 9125 feet above sea level. It is a bit on the cool side and very refreshing, reminds me of home in New England.
The summit is in sight.
The ski lift is worth the $9.00 to ride to the top.
The view of Tucson from 9125 feet above sea level.
Time to head down. This is the view looking towards Oracle.
Ahhh trees and grass!!!!
Still no bears on this trip!

I will return here many times especially this fall to photograph the Aspen's.
On this trip we saw Yellow Eyed Junco's, Western Bluebird, Stellar Jay's, Red Tailed Hawks, Turkey Vultures, Flicker's and an unidentified hummingbird that visited us at 9000 ft. on the ride up the mountain.


  1. Hi Eli,
    I really liked your pics from Shenandoah. The wildlife there is allot more cooperative than it is here. There is such a survival mentality that most creatures are very wary of everything and everyone.
    The white tails were really well done but I liked them all.