My little hummingbirds come to feed regularly at the feeder by the patio. Today, I was out watering plants and taking pictures when this friendly little guy showed up for some nectar. If you click on this link, you can see him taking sips of nectar. Click on the image to enlarge.
One of our favorite desert wildflowers blooms on the ocotillos. This one is just down the road from our house in a neighbor’s yard. I love the bright red flowers against the green leaves on the ocotillo canes. Click on the image to enlarge.
Verna took this photo of me and Mom today at the ranch. We stopped in for a short visit and to take her a T-shirt that came from her California collection of stuff. Click on the image to enlarge.
The Mama and I go for a walk a lot. I like going out and then when we’re done, I get a cookie! Yum! Click on the image to enlarge.
This is the third saguaro flower to open on our big cactus out front. The pollinators are anxiously swarming about to collect the nectar and to spread the pollen. I took this with the telephoto lens since the flowers are so high above the ground. Did you know that the Saguaro Flower is the State Flower of Arizona? Click on the image to enlarge.
Verna puts most food scraps in the compost, but when it comes to citrus scraps, these orange peels are too acidic for the compost worms. Not to worry, though, the critters in the wash will take care of the leftovers.
Here, a white-tailed antelope squirrel and a curve billed thrasher try to extract the goodness from the peels. Click on the image to enlarge.
We were in the Northwest Phoenix Metro Valley yesterday. A lot of the Red Bird of Paradise shrubs were in bloom. We stopped at a little landscape plot where there were several of these growing, so I took this photo o my favorite desert shrub flower. Click on the image to enlarge.
The valley gets their flowers about a month before we do in Wickenburg due to the elevation and temperature difference, I guess. My three shrubs in the courtyard have already started their spring comeback with sprouts from six inches to a foot. They grow really fast, so it won’t be long before we have a lot of these beautiful flowers in our courtyard.