Thankful for the rain…

It is raining like crazy here today. I’m not going to complain because I know it’s really hot and dry elsewhere… like 100 now in the desert.

This is another shot from the Valley of Fire from our trip there last month. I could have hung around there the whole time.

The-really-red-rock

And the Three Prophets in Zion; I haven’t messed with these photos – they are what they are.

The-3-prophets

Yay May

May-Sunrise

Sunrise a couple weeks ago. We had more snow then on the mountains.

Our trees have been very active with these Grosbeaks lately. They are kind of hoggy with the bird seed though.
And none of the other birds like to be around them much.

It’s just about time to get the boats out of the church and take them for a paddle.
This weekend should be about perfect. I hope you are all enjoying your May days.

Grosbeak

Two little birds

Waxwing

Well, they are not that little; that is for sure. I am thinking of that Bob Marley song we play in the Ukulele group:
Rise up this mornin’,
Smiled with the risin’ sun,
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin’ sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin’, (“This is my message to you-ou-ou:”)

Sapsucker

Waxwing on top and Sapsucker in my Mom’s feeder. A friend just told me about seeing six Sandhill Cranes out at her place as she was doing a run.
Getting a photo of one is my next goal….

Wild Clematis

Clematis

I’m going to try it again with the wildflower pics. I didn’t realize the Trillium was so blown out on my iPhone. It’s hard to tell sometimes.
Anyway, here are a couple shots from yesterday’s wandering at our favorite wild flower stations! The Clematis was really quite abundant.

Clematis-group

And, a red friend stopped by so that I could photograph him ? under the blossoms – Service Berry, I believe.

red squirrel

I love Cacti

I was eight years old the last time I visited the desert, thus I felt like I was seeing it for the first time.
Of all the strange plants the barrel cactus intrigued me the most, I think. This one I found in the Valley of Fire.
Isn’t it a wonderful, weird and singular plant? I think it’s a plant. It looked to me that at any moment it might get up and walk away.
I probably was freaking it out with my camera.

Barrel-Cactus

The Joshua trees come in all shapes and sizes.. we found many at the Red Rock Canyon.
Red-rocks-cacti

I had to have Matthew stand near some of those taller trees. It looked almost lush in this little ravine or dry creek bed.

Matt-and-Joshua