Photo of dried sunflowers in Arivaca Arizona
Arivaca Sunflowers
Arivaca Cienega – Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge
f/8 – 1/250 sec – ISO 100 – Focal Length 28 mm

I have lived in Arizona for 30 some years and yet I feel like there is so much of it that I have yet to discover.  I stumbled upon Arivaca Cienega by accident while on an aimless drive in Southern Arizona.  Part of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge (which is now on my list of places to explore and photograph further), cienega translates from Spanish as swamp or drowned land.  This makes perfect sense as this area consists of wetlands with abundant bird life and has been designated by the National Audubon Society as an IBA – Important Bird Area.  If you are into birding or not, Arivaca Cienega is a great area for hiking and photographing.

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