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Staff Photos: Wildlife Spotted at Taliesin and Taliesin West

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation | Sep 4, 2019

At Taliesin and Taliesin West, wildlife can be seen everywhere. From bobcats and snakes, to geese and frogs — Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation staff members have captured photos of the animals they’ve encountered for National Wildlife Day.

Employees of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation have the pleasure of working in Taliesin near Spring Green, Wisconsin and Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona, two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most personal creations. The unique architecture makes for a workplace unlike any other. At the Foundation we are not only stewards of these two National Historic Landmarks and UNESCO World Heritage sites, but we are also stewards of the many acres of land on which these iconic buildings are located. Because of the remote, natural environments where they are each located, staff members often see and encounter a great variety of wildlife on a daily basis. Wright’s organic architecture blends so well with nature that seeing a family of quail scurry by, a flock of geese land in a nearby pond, or a bobcat relaxing under a tree near the campus isn’t out of the ordinary.

For National Wildlife Day, we’re sharing a handful of images taken by Foundation staff at Taliesin and Taliesin West.

Birds of a Feather

A quail sits atop a boulder at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Jeff Goodman

A roadrunner makes its way through Apprentice Court at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Kate Hastings

An owl in a tree at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Ruth Lin

Geese in the pond at Taliesin near Spring Green, Wisconsin. Photo by Josh Hovancak

Wildcats in the Desert

Bobcats in a tree at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Indira Berndtson

A bobcat in a tree at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by David Wells

A bobcat relaxes under a tree at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Bruce Cash

A bobcat kitten hiding in the brush at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Indira Berndtson

Reptiles, Arachnids, Amphibians — Oh my!

A red coachwhip snake slithers up stairs at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Donna Yeaw

A snake near an entry way at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Ramon Chavez

A lizard sits still on a rock at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Jeff Goodman

A tarantula at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Bruce Cash.

A toad at Taliesin near Spring Green, Wisconsin. Photo by Jeff Goodman

Furry Friends

Two deer at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Seyla Muise

A chipmunk at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Meagan Vanderhill

A javelina at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Meagan Vanderhill

A young rabbit hides between rocks in the desert at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Emily Balli

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