A photograph of curious quail with a gopher snake was snapped by East Valley photographer Michael VanTrojen.
“You would think the quail would stay away but they were quite interested,” he said in an e-mail.
The Independent encourages residents to submit their favorite scenic or wildlife photos taken within the community, with a short description of the shot, for publication with photo credit. Do not use a filter on submitted photos. Send submissions with your name to firstname.lastname@example.org.