A Mule Deer and her two young stopped by the ol’ watering hole in my front yard yesterday afternoon. My water dish is a popular place these days – our monsoon season has yet to bless us here on the west side of town. Or “nonsoon” as we’re calling our lack of summer rain. Hopefully we’ll see some moisture this week.
Babes share a sip:
Mom waters my saguaro:
Two for Tuesday! It was a Gopher Snake kind of day for me today. I was privileged to watch one drinking out of a pond at Agua Caliente Park on the east side of town this morning. My second one I spotted waiting hopefully outside a squirrel hole in my back yard on the west side of town this evening.
I will presume that Gopher Snakes are good luck (they do eat rattlesnakes after all).
This video came across my Facebook feed a couple months back and I just can’t get it out of my head, so I thought I’d share it with you. Whether you are religious or not (whether you think of it as lowercase god – or as capital God) I think this message still resonates. Perhaps it is as simple as recognizing the divine in everyone…
Since I’m recovering from my second wicked cold of the year (dagnabit) my time outside today was limited. The cats and I spent the afternoon in the yard. You can see that they lead a life of leisure!
Since the temperatures have been unseasonably warm here the plants and wildlife have been busily doing Spring things for many weeks. One of our neighborhood Harris’s Hawks kept a close eye out, looking for dinner like a rabbit or packrat. Thankfully, Bailey is too smart and Wylie is too darn heavy!
As the sun slipped away, a warm breeze wafted over us carrying the sweet, exotic scent of orange blossoms (my favorite scent in the world) while coyotes serenaded. A perfectly lovely way to end our first day of Spring.
Vanity plates* on vehicles are quite common here in Arizona and I amuse myself when stuck in traffic by trying to figure them out. Some remain mysteries but this one made me laugh. Even more so since according to Arizona’s Motor Vehicle Division, “All plates are reviewed for acceptable content.” Someone wasn’t paying attention!
*Personally, I don’t understand why anyone would buy a vanity plate in Arizona. It is an additional $25 annual fee and Arizona does not require a front plate – which leaves all that extra space for someone to express themselves. Oh well, I’m sure it is good for the state’s coffers.
Don’t gray, drizzly days just make you want to curl up and rest? That’s exactly what this coyote did in my front yard this morning. I feel privileged to have witnessed such a relaxed moment…
No matter the size, cats share a number of behaviors. A trail camera in Saguaro National Park filmed a mountain lion during a light rain a few years back. Reminds me of Wylie, its the first thing she does when I let her outside – rolls in the dirt!
In an effort to update their species counts the Park has deployed these cameras at various locations in both districts and they have hundreds of excellent photos (and a few videos) in their online archive. It is a relatively inexpensive, non-invasive way to document wildlife plus they get to witness some rarely seen behaviors.
Here kitty, kitty…