Gilbert Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch

If bird photography and checking feathers off your list is your gig, then you don't want to miss this spot in the Phoenix area.

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Salt River Horses

I always enjoy a morning when I can wake up, head to

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Boyce Thompson Arboretum Fall Colors In Arizona

The oldest botanical garden in Arizona is just an hour away from

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Welcome to Coquille River Lighthouse In Oregon

Here we are in Bandon, Oregon, visiting the Coquille River Lighthouse. It’s

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Bosque Del Apache Photography In New Mexico

December can be a busy month for me over at the Bosque

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Very Large Array, New Mexico

Let's talk about a behind-the-scenes look at a very remarkable place and

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Bernardo Bird Refuge, New Mexico

Today we are going to talk about a small area with big

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