Verna in the Courtyard

Verna in the Courtyard

We’re having a little (well, maybe a lot) of work done around the house. Three new concrete walls and a paved RV drive are in the works. Verna paused at the courtyard wall to look at the progress being made on a nice 70° afternoon in beautiful Wickenburg. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Nectar Collector

Nectar Collector

The little blue flowers on the rosemary bushes behind the house are very popular these days. There are usually a lot of honey bees and a few occasional goldfinches browsing. This is a very pretty black and gold butterfly that was one of several different varieties of butterflies gathering nectar yesterday. Click on the image to enlarge.

More images: a bee, a goldfinch and another butterfly.

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Plunge

Plunge

Besides pooping and lifting his leg at the dog park, Bay Bay’s favorite thing to do is get in the little tub they have there and splash around. When we arrive inside the park, the dogs take off and run around doing their off-the-leash thing. Meanwhile, Verna will fill the little tub with water. By and by, Bay Bay will charge back to the water station, jump in the tub and splash around for a while before jumping out and resuming previous activities until it’s time to ride home. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Moon and Stearman

Moon and Stearman

Verna and I were out walking the dogs a couple of days ago when I heard the distinctive sound of a radial engine-powered airplane overhead. I did not have my fancy DSLR camera with me at the time, or I’m certain I would have taken a better photo, but this one is not bad considering I used my pocket-sized Canon A1400 point-and-shoot camera. By coincidence, the plane passed very nearly in front of the waning crescent moon. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Signs of Spring

Flower Buds on Beavertail Cactus

Several of the beavertail cacti around the property have sprouted flower buds, even though the first day of spring is over a month away. We have been fortunate to have spring-like temperatures for most of the last three weeks.

The beavertail cactus in the photo above was transplanted from the back of the property around four years ago and is usually the most prolific flowering cactus we have. We can hardly wait for the vivid pink flowers that are coming soon. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Valentine’s Day 2015

Crystal Champagne Cocktail

Happy Valentine’s Day to the love of my life, Verna. Have a lovely Waterford Crystal Champagne Cocktail! (She got four of these Crystal goblets for Valentine’s Day.) Click on the image to enlarge.

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Thanks for the Rain

Thanks for the Rain

I am re-submitting the “Thanks for the Rain” anaglyph to the 3D stuff category. The old one was in a lower resolution format, so I went to the photo archives, found the two original shots I took in 2010 and ran them through the process to produce a new, higher resolution anaglyph.

You will need your free pair of 3D glasses to view the image (click image to enlarge). As usual, I have posted a 2D version here

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