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Humor in the Desert

Updated on August 20, 2014

Every So Once In Awhile

I see something funny, and I take a picture. Here, I share a few amusing shots, mostly from southern Arizona.

Unique to the desert are the crazy poses of some of the saguaro cacti (Carnegiea gigantea). Books of photos have been published. I will try to find one for you.

Birds also engage in some interesting antics from time to time. They're fun to watch. While birds do not think like we do, they often do things that if humans did them, would be downright funny or silly. In particular, Vermilion Flycatchers often like to sit on signs, and sometimes that is funny, depending on what the sign says.

Even the clouds can get humorous.

Not much commentary needed. Just have fun.

He Went Thataway

No, He Went Thataway

No, I Tell You. He Went Thataway

Do I Have Enough Arms?

I'm Confused

Go Away!

We're Watching You - Don't Try Any Funny Stuff

Never Mind. - She's Harmless

Prima Donna Opera Singer

European Starlings have a beautiful song. This one delighted me for as long as I was willing to stay and listen.

Come And Play - Found at the Phoenix Zoo

Not Interested? - Party Pooper!

We Think We'll Join You


I think he was courting her. He kept diving at her, while she watched. House Finches.

I've Got a Secret - Baby prairie dogs

Is That a Yawn or What? - Even the Cormorant Thinks It's Funny

Opportunist - He Stole Someone's Fish

Didn't do him any good. He couldn't get it into his mouth, and eventually dropped it into the water.

Sky Pointing Contest

I don't know if this is territorial or mating behavior, but they seem to do it during a certain time of the year. That's a Great-tailed Grackle.

Bad Hair Day

This is actually the result of a gene that causes a small hole to develop in the skull. Fatty tissue pokes through and forms feathers. These ducks are bred from Mallards. They're called Crested Ducks.

Another Bad Hair Day

The hand belongs to a man who fed the ducks every day at 4 PM, at Fort Lowell Park. I don't think he has been there lately. The ducks were obviously very tame as far as he was concerned. They know where their bread and butter (er, seeds) are coming from.

We're Just Having a Discussion

Please Be Respectful

Vermilion Flycatchers like to sit on signs. Even though I doubt they know the significance of where they are sitting, it's fun to imagine they do. They pick some very interesting messages to point out.

Got It!

Hey, I was going to get the whole bird, but just as I snapped the shutter, he pounced on a fish, and this is what I got instead!

Frozen Food

April snowstorm on Mount Lemmon. Yes, it snows in the desert. This is an outdoor table at a place I used to like to eat. Unfortunately, the place burned in the Aspen Fire. :(

Somewhere under all that white stuff is my lunch. Just kidding.

Some Folks Just Can't Do It Right

This Ruby-crowned Kingbird is trying a little acrobatics, much to my amusement. Yes, the picture is right side up. The BIRD is upside down.

I Have This Terrible Itch! - Great Egret

Birds often scratch itches, but it amuses me every time I see them do it.
Birds often scratch itches, but it amuses me every time I see them do it.

I promise to give them back.

Comments - Whatever is on your mind - Please give me your thoughts

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      marie-churchman 4 years ago

      Cute, fun lens. I'm from the desert and I know there are some pretty wild thing that go on. I especially like the upside down bird.

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      Pat Goltz 4 years ago

      @RoadMonkey: Most of the time, I just put "words in their mouths" but this time I am quite CERTAIN that's what they were "thinking". :)

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      RoadMonkey 4 years ago

      Loved the "We're watching you", then "never mind, she's harmless" photos - you could just imagine those birds saying that!

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      Those crested ducks are interesting, haven't seen them before. Nice photos.

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      Pat Goltz 4 years ago

      @nightbear lm: Thank you. It is, indeed, great fun to read into animal behavior something funny but very human.

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      nightbear lm 4 years ago

      Oh I love all your photos, and I love putting human emotion captions on what they may be thinking or doing. You did that so well here. Really nice page.

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      Pat Goltz 4 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: LOL Well, we may THINK we are reading their minds, but I would bet the farm on us not having a clue, actually!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Fun read! Sometimes it seems pretty easy to read their minds, doesn't it?

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I love the birds and animals pics the most, but all of it is cute and funny. Wish I had the ability to take those kind of photos.