What's making me happy today?
#1. The DESERT!
I have shown you Ocotillo before, but never in BLOOM! I know it's a little difficult to see the orange flowers because of how sunny it was when I took this photo, but it was the best of the bunch. I will keep trying!
I went hiking again on Thursday at the San Tan Mountain Regional Park (alone) and enjoyed it immensely. I ended up walking about 4.5 miles (up and down over some mild hills), and it was too far for me in this condition. I have been exhausted since then! But I have had a great week.
More photos from the hike:
|A family of Cholla cacti|
|Ettiquette for meeting rattlesnakes (not that I ever have!)|
|Tall Saguaro with sun.|
|Something most people don't think of: sunscreen for your lips!|
Many skin cancers end up on lips - don't let it happen to you!
|Pretty little yellow flowers in the protection of the cactus's spikes.|
"No one will eat me here!"
Part One of the Vulture Adventure!
Part Two of the Vulture Adventure!
And right at the beginning of my hike, I heard this beautiful birdsong:
I came home and looked up that song in my "Bird Songs: 250 North American Birds in Song," book, which has an attached player so I can dial up the bird in question and see what his song sounds like! I found out that the bird in the video above is a Sage Thrasher (to the best of my ability to tell, anyway!)
#2: New TOYS for the kittens!
First, here is Allistair with his NEW fetch-able MOUSIE!!!
And here are some silly videos of the new toy-on-a-stick we got!
Stephen wasn't sure at first whether he LOVED it or HATED it - he wanted the puff-ball fishy part at the end, but he didn't want the stick trailing him wherever he went.
But as time went on, he got a little more used to it.
He even let Allistair play a little bit.
#3: Shrimp Fried Rice!
I made it yesterday for the first time.
First, fry the shrimp in oil.
Then, add vegetables and shimp. Add vinegar, spices. Stir and heat.