Leftover Lunch

Antelope Ground Squirrel

This tiny Antelope Ground Squirrel is enjoying some of the leftover polenta from our recent Pork Stew dinner. It is our habit to distribute certain leftover food to the wash out back so the critters can come and enjoy.

I took this photo this afternoon using my SL1 camera and telephoto lens. The squirrel came close to me, within about fifteen feet, to get the tidbit. The birds and rabbits are more wary than this little guy, and generally keep a larger distance between us and them. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Star Cactus Flower

Star Cactus Flower

My Astrophytum (a.k.a. Star Cactus) had a flower open today. We have been watching it since it was a bud a couple of weeks ago and today it opened wide. There are also some more buds that will likely produce flowers this spring. Last year, this cactus had flowers all the way into August, so we look forward to more of them. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Saguaro Flower Season

Saguaro Flowers and Buds

This is the time of spring when our Arizona State Flower starts showing up on the saguaro cacti. The image above is of a saguaro crown up the road from us. Flowers are also beginning to appear on our big saguaro out front.

We love our springtime cactus flowers, both in the wild and in our cactus garden. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Juvenile Quail Spotted at the Bird Feeders

Juvenile Quail

We saw a brood of six to eight spring quail chicks with the parent pair up by the bird feeders on the little hill behind the RV Drive. These look scruffy as chicks, but will be molting into their mature feathers soon. Click on the image to enlarge.

Photo information:

Canon EOS REBEL SL1, 1/400 sec, F6.3, ISO 320, Canon Zoom Lens @ 300 mm

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Why Cardinals Don’t Hide Well in the Desert

Cardinal in a Mesquite Tree

We were on our after Dinner walk today when I heard the courting songs of a cardinal somewhere in the trees along the road. As usual, when hearing cardinals, it is not too difficult to find them because of their bright coloring; definitely not the most discrete critters in the desert foliage. Click on the image to enlarge.

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First Mother’s Day as a Grandma

Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to a new grandma, Verna. This is her and Jerry in Palm Desert in February when he was just six months old. We will be out there again come June for another visit. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Saguaro Cactus Flowers

Saguaro Cactus Flowers

This is a saguaro in our neighbor’s yard. It is really busy making spring flowers, some of which are open. The saguaro in question is about five hundred feet east of us near the paved toad. Click on the image to enlarge.

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