Friday, March 21, 2008
Sun-drenched Desert Places and Critters
It was nice to be perched in Phoenix for a week. Yep. Those toes belong to a Cactus Wren. Listen?
The sun hones and highlights every surface.
Even the water is sun-drenched. (Listen?)
Gambles Quail Listen?
It's a lifer. Black-throated Sparrow Listen?
Blue Phacelia, Scorpion Weed, Wild Heliotrope
Owl Clover (Listen ?) Just kidding. That's a Pygmy Owl call.
If many large mistletoe plants become established on a single host tree it may succumb to the attack and die. Vigorous trees may abort the infected branch, thereby ridding itself of the parasite. But, consider also that berry-feeding birds deposit fertilizing guano.
My little Black-tailed Gnatcatcher Listen?.
It's just a pile of ancient rock, a couple Saguaro cactus and bit of Brittle bush bloom, but dang - that sunshine sure is pretty.
(Very ancient metamorphosed rocks: schist, gneiss, other deformed sedimentary rocks. Approximately 1.7 - 1.8 billion years old! (Precambrian metamorphic units)
How do you feel when you spot another plane from your aluminum tube window? Listen?
Let's take a closer look. Hey! down there! (keep your distance:0)
Headed back to Toledo, I caught this pix of the last sunshine and up-and-down topography we're likely to see in a looonnggg time.
Now you've got to click on this word Fractal! I don't know where the heck we are here. Any ideas?
ANY idea as to what or where this is?
Ruh Roh. Headed back under the clouds.
(kind'a wish I could head down that path) But . . . .
I'm going to start my Spring cleaning. Hopefully, by the time Spring REALLY arrives, I'll feel I've earned the time to run open-armed into its embrace. I'll be checkn' in on you all to follow your bliss as the warmth and song returns.