Wickenburg’s Welcome Wagon

Welcome Wagon

The alliteration in the title refers to the Conestoga seen in the image above. The wagon, along with an Arizona State Historical Marker sit on the southwest corner of the intersection of US 60 and Vulture Mine Road. Click on the image to enlarge.

The marker is dedicated to Vulture Mine which is about 13 miles south of it along Vulture Mine Road. The wagon is used to welcome visitors to town and is often decked out with a banner advertizing this or that event.

Last summer, the wagon was blown over and the cover ripped to shreds by a violent microburst thunderstorm. We are happy that the town and the ‘powers that be’ have restored the wagon to even better than it was before the storm.

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The New Flagpole

The New Flagpole

After the new flagpole was installed, we had to wait a few days for the silver paint to dry and cure. When the pole was ready, we put up the American Flag with the Arizona Banner under that.

I took this photo of the flags as seen from the courtyard a couple of days ago when the wind was just right. They look great!

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Red Bird of Paradise Spring Revival

Red Birds Growth

Every November, our Red Bird of Paradise shrubs go dormant and we cut them down to just a few inches above the soil. Each April or May, they start their comeback. We have three of the Red Bird shrubs in the courtyard that have been there for four years now.

Two of the three started their revival a couple of weeks ago. At the lower left, is the west side of the courtyard shrub, at the right is the center and the top is the eastern shrub. You can see that the two on the bottom have a good start on revival, but the top one has only one tiny bipinnate leaf pair, which we hope is revival and not a weed.

In a few weeks, we should have our first bright Red Bird of Paradise flowers. We should be getting them all summer long. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Lizard Hunter

Lizard Hunter

I already blogged about Cabela’s lizard obsession the other day. Well, today, she was out in the courtyard again and spent considerable time burying herself up to her haunches in the Cleveland sage looking for the little critter.

Once the lizard got flushed from one of the sage bushes, it would then hide under another until Cabela would again dig under the bush and chase the lizard out. This went on for quite a while.

I thought I was capturing the action on video, but I later found out I was using the HD video function incorrectly and merely got some stills of the action. Maybe tomorrow, when Cabela is in a hunting mood, I can re-stage the scenario and get it on video. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Lawyer’s Tongue Cactus Flower

Lawyer’s Tongue Cactus Flower

This is a flower that opened today on our “Lawyer’s Tongue” cactus near the west edge of the lot. Although this cactus was started from a rescued paddle that we picked up off the ground at a local park in town, it can be considered natural native vegetation to this area since there are many others of this variety of prickly pear cactus growing within walking distance from here.

This cactus originated from a paddle small enough to fit in a red solo cup. I planted it in a pot filled with local soil and within two years it had sprouted enough paddles that I had to put it into the ground. It is now over three feet tall and has numerous more paddles that will continue to produce flowers and fruit and more paddles as this cactus grows. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Why Won’t the Dogs Look at the Camera?

Bay Bay   Cabela and Verna
Lizard

I tried to get the dogs to look towards the camera yesterday when Verna had them both out in the courtyard. The were both too distracted by something that kept their attention away from the camera. After I took the photos, I pointed the camera toward the ground only to see the source of their distraction: a six-inch long brown lizard.

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Saguaro Buds

Saguaro Buds

Everybody loves spring, including us. The “big guy” saguaro out front loves spring so much that it is budding up like never before. The large bud near the center of the image above will likely open up in May while the smaller bud to the right may not open until June.

This cactus was transplanted here from our friend’s place in Aguila, about 25 miles west of here along US 60. The same guys that planted the original “big guy” planted the new one in August of 2012 and it has been healthy and happy since.

The cactus has had flowers for the two spring seasons in 2013 and 2014. This year looks to be no exception other than maybe having many more flowers than in the previous two years. Click on the image to enlarge.

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