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 […]

PHOTOS: Gala of the Royal Horses

Gala of the Royal Horses was hosted Dec. 15 at the Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre.in Queen Creek. The show included riding master Rene Gasser and his daughter, Katharina, known as Gigi, and son, Sidney, riding Lipizzaner, Friesians and Andalusian horses in dressage-style tricks. Friesians, from the Netherlands, are known for their dancing skills; Lipizzaners, from […]

Scenic Florence: Glossy snake

  Photographer Steven Alexander came across this glossy snake while he was driving through Florence. “The snake was soaking up the heat from the road and I moved it to safety so as to avoid danger from oncoming traffic,” he said in his e-mail. The Independent encourages residents to submit their favorite scenic or wildlife […]

Scenic Queen Creek, Roadrunner

While seated in his car in a parking lot, Jim Jensen photographed a roadrunner that had hopped on top of a wall in Queen Creek. (Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story misidentified the bird as a cactus wren.) The Independent encourages residents to submit their favorite scenic or wildlife photos taken in Queen […]

Scenic Queen Creek, lizard

The Queen Creek 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 qcnews@newszap.com. To view more Scenic photos, visit the Galleries page on the Queen […]

Scenic Queen Creek, tortoise

The Queen Creek 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 qcnews@newszap.com. To view more Scenic photos, visit the Galleries page on the Queen […]

Scenic Queen Creek, Rattlesnake

  Visitors to the San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6555 W. Phillips Road in Queen Creek, can learn about reptiles and other critters, reptiles and animals that can be found in the vicinity, according to the park’s interpretive ranger, Nikki Bunnell. The Queen Creek Independent encourages residents to submit their favorite scenic or wildlife photos […]

Scenic Queen Creek: Harvest Moon

  The October Harvest Moon rises above the clouds. Taken Oct. 5. in Queen Creek by staff photographer Arianna Grainey. 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 […]

Scenic Queen Creek: Soulful cholla

  Interpretive Ranger Nikki Bunnell says she sees faces in inanimate objects. When she came across this soulful-looking cholla cactus carcass along a trail at San Tan Mountain Regional Park in Queen Creek, where she works, she had to photograph it, she said by phone. The Independent encourages residents to submit their favorite scenic or […]