Thursday, November 11, 2010

Arizona vignettes

Since I'm sure you're all curious, I thought I would share some of my observations and photos* from the trip I took to Arizona this summer. I'm still amazing by how much wildlife I was able to experience in only one week. I went with my adviser and a bevy of graduate students, professors, researchers, and volunteers. We are planning another trip for next August, and I'm hoping to spend even more time out there. I'm intrigued by the landscape to the point of considering focusing my thesis research on moths of that area.
(On the way to the station from the airport)
We were centered at the Southwestern Research Station in Portal, right in the midst of Cave Creek Canyon. I had actually traveled there once before, on an undergrad field course. It's wonderful to be cool and sheltered in the forest, and then be able to wander off into the nearby desert.

The following are a few teaser photos of the landscape. Stories of the wonderful creatures I encountered are soon to follow, along with some of the adventures undertaken here at my lab so far.
(View near the station)
(Hiking along the highway, looking for caterpillars)
(It was the rainy season)

*A note on photographs. All photos on this blog, unless otherwise noted, are my own and not to be used without permission. Thanks!


Anonymous said...

Studying moths in the Baja Peninsula would be cool. You could compare them to Arizona specimens, plus get a dose of Mexico at the same time.

Anonymous said...

What about studying moths on an exotic Antilles Island such as St. Croix. I heard they have a "moist forest" there and reasonable places to stay, such as at Sugar Beach. I bet it's nice.

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