#lovethisdesert

MOST RECENT

Goodmorning Tucson! The sunrise was timed perfectly this morning on my way to work. We have the most impressive skies in this beautiful desert! #desertskies #tucsonskies #tucsonsunrise #mountainsunrise #arizonasunrise #sunrise #prettysky #saguaronationalparkwest #painteddesert #paintedskies #lovethisdesert #sonorandesert #seetucson #goodmorning

Such a stunning cactus blossom at work today! I LOVE the oranges and red variations in cactus blooms!! #cactusflower #cactusbloom #cactusblossom #barrelcactus #barrelcactusflower #desertmuseum #seetucson #sonorandesert #beautyofthedesert #mothernature #lovethisdesert #painteddesert

I love this desert painting I made using a photo that I took as a reference. Most of my desert paintings have been inspired by Saguaro National Park West, Gates pass in particular, as well as the surrounding areas. I took the photo as the sun was rising on my way to work one morning. It was so serene. Just another attempt to portray this beautiful desert through my eyes, and replicate its beauty with a paint brush. I love this desert! #beautyofthedesert #seetucson #peaceinpainting #mothernaturespaintbrush #lovethisdesert #sonorandesert #gatespass #tucsondesert #tucsonsunrise #arizonasunrise #painteddesert #paintingispassion #acrylicpainting #lovetopaint #paintpaintpaint #tucsonart #desertart #tucsonartist #courtneyandapaintbrush

Another beautiful day at work! I am so blessed to be able to spend 5 days a week at this amazing place. #desertmuseum #desertmuseumtucson @grdnmann has done such an amazing job w this #cactusgarden if you haven’t seen it, check it out! Look at those beautiful #cactusblooms ! #seetucson #lovethisdesert #sonorandesert #beautyofthedesert #isitreallyworkifyouloveit

I think it’s about time to start sharing my creative endeavors. I started painting again last year after taking almost 5 years off when I went back to school. I love painting. I love bringing beautiful, bright, bold colors together to create something that reflects happiness, joy, peace. I love painting the desert in an effort to convey its awe-inspiring beauty through my own eyes. I love the journey of bringing colors together. I’m finally making more time in my life for things that bring me happiness, and painting is one of them. I’m considering making a separate IG account for my art, but haven’t made up my mind yet. I hope you enjoy! #art #paint #acrylicpainting #paintedsky #painteddesert #saguaros #clouds #sunrise #arizonasunrise #seetucson #desertmuseum #sunriseatwork #beautyofthedesert #beautyofmothernature #lovethisdesert #sonorandesert #paintedpassion #paintingispassion #paintedbeauty #lovetopaint #peaceinpainting #desertart #tucsonartist #tucsonart #paintthesky

Sometimes i wrestle with my inner demons.other times we just hug and eat cheesecake... yamm yamm #loveatfirstbite#cheeselovers#tastecheesecake#lovethisdesert

There are SO MANY incredible cactus blooms at the #desertmuseum lately!! These were all taken during the month of August. All (but one) blooms from the awesome barrel cactus! I never get tired of seeing the beauty that this desert has to offer. #barrelcactus #cactusbloom #cactusflower #mothernature #thebeautyofnature #sonorandesert #arizonasonoradesertmuseum #seetucson #desertbeauty #lovethisdesert

Happy Weekend!...I am going to start it off in a happy way with homemade waffles filled with vanilla icecream and home made caramel sauce (added a touch of my own.)...Brings back childhood memories when I used to good to a big fair where they used to have waffles filled with icecream.....so they say you can make your dreams come true well I tried my best and I am quite satisfied.....😋
#waffles #wafflesandvanillaicecream #wafflesandicecream
#homemadewaffles #caramelsauce #desertfortoday #bringsbackmemories #atthefair #sweetmemories #desertoftheday #instadessert #sweetandcool #verytempting
#lovethisdesert #haveasweetday #hapoyweekend

A little project to prep for #pricklypearmargaritas on the porch. #lovethisdesert

This past week was #nationalzookeeperweek and I’ll be celebrating (late) by sharing photos of why I love this awesome field, why I love my job, and why I am so passionate about ALL living things! So first up is this guy- he is a #solphugid, not a spider and not a scorpion but sometimes called a #sunscorpion , #windscorpion , or #sunspider , and sometimes mistakenly called a vinegaroon (which is another species altogether). These guys use to creep me out, mostly because of how fast they are, but also because of those intimidating mouthparts! BUT, like with most things, if you have the opportunity to observe them up close (hands off), you start beginning to notice things outside of the initial startling characteristics! Solphugids are unfortunate because they are so strange looking upon first glance, but look closer and you will see they are actually pretty goofy looking! They have a tiny head with Big beady eyes where their “forehead” should be, they have rIdiculously HUGE mouthparts relative to their head size, their mouthparts are positioned straight in front of them instead of under them like a tarantula, they have lanky, hairy legs, and they’re mostly just scared of us because we are HUGE, thundering giants to them! Also, they aren’t often seen because they are nocturnal, very fast, and secretive- plus most species are about the size of your fingernail!
When it all comes down to it, they remind me of muppets. It’s the tiny head and large, strangely positioned eyes- these guys are spider muppets! Oh and did I mention they’re harmless?! #desertcritters #creatureofthenight #creepycrawly #muppetlookalike #creativeevolution #bugsofinstagram #uniqueinvertebrate #invertebrate #lovemyjob #lovethisdesert #sonorandesertwildlife

Came across this baby scorpion trying to wrestle a small moth onto his dinner plate. Fascinating and enjoyable night hike with @mavsterofdisaster and fam. Love this desert.

#lovethisdesert #sonorandesert #desert #arachnid #scorpion #scorpions #blacklight #naturephotography #nature #sabinocanyon #Tucson #Arizona #TucsonLiving #whyilovewhereilive #thisistucson #Arizona #naturevideo #🦂
Even though it's not an insect... #insect #insects #insectsofinstagram #insectagram

A couple of scorpions we found the other night while working Cool Summer Nights at the Desert Museum! First up is mama bark scorpion with a bunch of little cute babies on her back, second is an itsy bitsy baby stripe-tail scorpion! #scorpion #stripetailscorpion #barkscorpion #arachnids #desertmuseum #desertlife #lovethisdesert #sonorandesert #coolsummernights #summerinthedesert #awesomejob #isitreallyworkifyouloveit

First Tiger of the season at work! C.tigris found casually hiding out near a rock. We first saw this snake on grounds in 2012! This is actually very large for this species, which generally reaches lengths of only 1.5-3ft max. This one being just short of 3 ft! After we catch a venomous snake on grounds (to minimize human-animal interaction), we process it (weigh, measure, paint the rattle to correspond to a PIT tag number), then release it within its home-range on the edges of museum grounds. Then they eventually find their way back and we do it all over again! This is definitely one of the many exciting parts of my job! The last photo is actually the tail of a Western Diamondback painted earlier in the week, included just to show the process. 🙂 #crotalus #crotalustigris #tigerrattlesnake #pitviper #sonorandesertsnakes #serpents #venomous #snakeysnake #sonorandesert #desertmuseum #lovethisdesert #beautyinnature #lovemyjob #isitreallyworkifyouloveit

Such a beautiful day in such a beautiful place. Tucson, the day after it rains. #beautyofnature #tucsonbeauty #sonorandesert #aftertherain #lovethisdesert #beautyinnature #serene #peaceful #prettyclouds #thismakesmesohappy

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