Sunday, June 29, 2014
Saturday, June 7, 2014
We had driven north through the Navajo Reservation looking for cooler weather up around the Vermilion Cliffs. We didn't have permits for this wilderness area but figured we'd find good stuff on the edges. The Colorado River runs along the southern edge of Vermilion Cliffs . . . that's good, it'll provide focus and texture to our thoughts...imaginings...activity.
Lee's Ferry is about 30 miles down-river from the town of Page/Glen Canyon Dam/entrance of the Paria River. Lee's Ferry, despite its historic roots, is nothing but a "rubber ducky" concession for tourists.
Years back I had gone on two white water raft trips on the Youghiogheny River near Ohiopyle, PA. If you were lucky Spring rapids were Class III - IV, exciting because the ride was fast and there was a danger of being thrown out.
The Youghiogheny's Class III/Class IV was measured, in those days, against the
Colorado's IX/X. This day, however, the Colorado was not a Class X nor was I still 25.
We decided to skip skinny dipping and, as fits our gray hair, opt for the car air conditioner.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
In a collection of essays titled, Natural Acts, David Quammen questions whether sex is necessary for reproduction. As it turns out, the answer is "No", nor is it necessary to do it in a libidinous frenzy for either bees or flowers.
|Hedgehog cactus blossom is on the edge of old age.|
Flowers usually avoid excesses...and bees often just hang out on the edges, waiting for a photographer to go away.
|Globemallows come in a range of colors: from orange and red to blue,|
white and lavender. Perfect for Mother's Day.
When bees jump in, it's not libidinously but out of hunger.
|The salmon-colored blossom is a favorite but scarce in my area.|
So, we're left with a peculiar question: Do bees lust for the flowers' pollen or are they just hungry?
|This Prickly Pear hybrid has reached old age judging from the condition of its filaments.|
Maybe it doesn't matter.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
|Buckhorn Cholla, Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa, grows in|
Northern Mexico and Arizona. Its colors are often yellow,
orange, russet . . . but not green.
|The "chenille" prickly pear, Opuntia aciculata, grows on dry |
open ground. . .or on the Gulch Road curve of 89A in
|This salmon-colored prickly pear is a favorite. |
Why, I don't know but the Gulch Road curve
of 89A in Jerome, AZ is a prettier place.
|This glow-in-the-dark prickly pear was buried behind |
branches of a bush, hiding from most traffic at the spot.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
It's not often that one becomes close to a lizard. While not close in the strictest sense of the word, this was more an interest that sprung from the fact that I had witnessed the "altercation" with a cat when the lizard rid himself of his tail. I had read about this dreadful separation but never saw it happen. . . but I had to dispose of the tail when it did.
|This lizard ditched his tail in an altercation with a cat.|
The loss of its tail didn't affect its appetite, however. It was actively stalking the crab spider when I first began to notice the drama.
|The new tail began to appear in about 3 - 4 days and has grown about 3/4 in.since then.|
At the first hint, sight, glance or intuition that the lizard had a meal on its mind, the spider immediately began to rappel down the fence post. It wasn't until I got the pics on the computer that I realized it was missing a leg.
|Crab spider is missing a leg, but . . .|
Whether a lizard, crab spider or human we all are damaged and the best way to look at it is "what the hell" we've all got parts to spare.
So . . . I hope you all find your missing tail.
|Bee coming for a visit at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.|
|Buckhorn Cholla just hanging out.|
|Teddy Bear Cholla blossom.|
|Bee leaving an early Teddy Bear Cholla at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.|
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Palo Verde had come into blossom simultaneously.
|A hillside of yellow announced that Spring was here.|
I'm a city boy . . . and am fascinated in desert trees with no leaves that suddenly turn yellow.
|Drought may cause the Palo Verde to shed its leaves.|
Enjoy the magic.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014
I've always been fascinated with green cactus flowers and found them only once before despite having spent hundreds of hours keeping an eye out for them during the Spring flowering season.
ENJOY and . . .