Monthly Archives: March 2013



Bobcats are native to the Sonoran Desert. They’re usually solitary, and they’re mostly nocturnal. Their prey consists of rabbits, birds, snakes and rodents. At this time of year, bobcats are getting ready to have this year’s litters.


Roper Lake State Park, Safford, AZ

Bird calls filled the air yesterday when V and I went to Roper Lake State Park for a picnic. Lake Roper is about 35 acres set out in the arid fringes where the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts come together. It’s only about 35 acres — more of a stock tank than a lake, really, but water is precious here, and we enjoy what we have. The sky was overcast and yesterday’s high temperature was in the 70s, so I didn’t see many people actually in the water. On and around the water, though, that was a different matter — the swimming beach was crowded, and there were folks fishing from the pier and the shore, and even a couple of boats out floating.