The presence of an owl portends death, according Mexican folk traditions. There is an old saying in Mexico: Cuando el tecolote canta, el indio muere ("When the owl cries/sings, the Indian dies"). The Aztecs and Maya, along with other Natives of Mesoamerica, considered the owl a symbol of death and destruction.
The saguaro cactus has finished its spring bloom and is ready for the saguaro harvest conducted by the Tohono O'odham Indians in late June. From the saguaro fruit they make saguaro wine, jams, and jellies and have a rain feast in honor of the coming monsoon.
The horned lizard at the bottom does not have any special meaning except that they are a beloved endangered desert critter.
While illegal border crossings are now fewer than deportations, Sonoran Arizona remains America's graveyard. The tides of immigration shift with time, and many of Mexico's bread-winners have already fled to the U.S. Entire towns have emptied in recent years, and Mexico's birthrate has dropped significantly. Many who cross now come from other Latin American countries escaping horrific violence as well as poverty. Chances are also good that a Mexican crosser today is a deportee who has been separated from family in the States.
I continue to find ways where I can honor all those who gave up everything for a better life. It is my intent to show here that we can only hope they are being received into a better place than those they knew in their home countries or in our deserts.