Compass Barrel Cactus Flowers

Compass Cactus

I hiked up on the hill behind the house to look at some damage caused a couple of weeks ago by a severe thunderstorm that came through the area. There were some broken limbs and two toppled palo verde trees. There were also some uprooted cholla cacti. Luckily, none of our favorite cacti were damaged. I took a photo of the lone compass cactus on the hill with its crown of flower buds, one of which is open. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Cimarron Sage Flowers

Cimarron Sage

It seems that after a sizable rainfall, we get a lot of these little bluish purple flowers on the Cimarron sage bushes. I took this image on Thursday evening as we were out walking the dogs.

When the flowers drop off in a few days, we will take the trimmer to these bushes in that they are encroaching the driveway. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Spraying for Weeds

Spraying for Weeds

With the rain, comes the weeds. I took my 2 gallon Round-Up® sprayer around the lot spraying wherever I saw weeds. We get quite a variety of unwanted sprouts, most of which I can’t identify. We have weed season from early spring right up through the first signs of winter.

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Mini Carnations

Mini Carnations

For the weekend, we have this lovely bouquet of Pink/Pink & White Miniature Carnations on display in the vase on the sofa table. I got them at the flower concession at the supermarket on Friday. This batch has a faint carnation fragrance. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Clouds, Dry River and Mountains Panorama

Clouds Panorama

On our way back from the Ford dealer this morning (we had to return the GMC seats for our trade-in) (love the new truck, by the way), Verna took an image of the cloudscape over the mountains in the distance as we crossed the Hassayampa River. The clouds are forming over the Bradshaw and Weaver Mountains twenty plus miles distant, while the underground riverbed dominates the foreground in this image. Click on the image to view the panorama full size.

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The New Ride

The New Ride

Verna took this photo of our two little dogs today, while in transit to California. This was their first LONG ride in the new truck. We had to head out to the old stomping grounds to take care of business and visit with family.

Despite looking disoriented and anxious, they rode pretty good today. Bay Bay is always uncomfortable when we go on the road; we don’t know why, but we assume he had a bad experience with going for a ride. Eventually, he calms down and gets relaxed. Today, he remained a little more anxious than usual, probably because it is a new truck. He is keenly aware of any changes to his environment. Both of the dogs are very smart and surprise us with their insight into matters where we might not expect.

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Hassayampa High Water Mark

High Water Mark

The Hassayampa River flows underground for most of the year, but when the monsoons come, the water flows big time. This is one of the pylons under the pedestrian bridge in town that clearly shows the high water marks when the big surge comes down the river from the headwaters. When that is going on, it is NOT a good time to be anywhere below the floodplain. Click on Verna’s image to enlarge.

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