Scenic photo: Squirrel in Queen Creek

“Sitting on patio in the afternoon I (saw) this little squirrel eating pods from the tree. He’s such a cutie,” Queen Creek photographer Maile Alday 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 […]

Scenic photos: Hawks near Queen Creek Wash Trail

“I thought I would send over a few photos I took of some hawks in early October near the QC Wash Trail,” Queen Creek photographer Clay McInturff 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 […]

Scenic photo: Mutated Saguaro at San Tan Trail

“While on a hike with my dog on Rock Peak Trail Wash and taking the San Tan Trail east, we found a bench in the middle of nowhere. While sitting and taking photos to my surprise there was this mutated Saguaro. OMG I found it, I was ecstatic. It made my day,” Queen Creek photographer […]

Scenic photo: Cooper’s hawk in Sossaman Estates

A Cooper’s hawk taken by photographer Tom Schuh in his Sossaman Estates yard. 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 […]

Scenic photo: Roosevelt Lake Bridge

“While on a Friday drive to Miami we decided to keep driving and see if (there) was any picturesque sights and stumbled on this Roosevelt Lake Bridge,” Queen Creek photographer Maile Alday said in an e-mail. The Independent encourages residents to submit their favorite scenic or wildlife photos taken within the community, with a short […]

Scenic photo: Javelina emerging from a storm drain

Gold Canyon photographer Edd Lopez snapped a photo of a javelina (one of a family of nine) emerging from a storm drain while he was walking down Superstition Mountain Drive in Gold Canyon, he said in an e-mail. The Independent encourages residents to submit their favorite scenic or wildlife photos taken within the community, with […]

Scenic photo: Snake against chain-link fence

Apache Junction photographer Arthur Gushen snapped a photo of a snake up against a chain-link fence. 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 […]

Scenic photo: Wild horses in Bulldog Canyon

Wild horses in Bulldog Canyon north of Apache Junction, Apache Junction photographer Robert Langen 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 […]

The breakfast club: Desert Tortoises chow down at Queen Creek park

Desert Tortoises devoured their tasty breakfast, with no utensils or table manners, in front of a small crowd at San Tan Mountain Regional Park on Saturday, Aug. 11. The two Desert Tortoises, Santana and Shelly were featured in a weekend class. The park ranger discussed what the tortoises like to eat, their unique personality traits […]

Scenic East Valley, Gila Monster

  Photographer Steven Alexander encountered this gila monster while hiking near Apache Junction. 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 […]