The test of an adventure is that when you are in the middle of it, you say to yourself, "Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home." And the sign that something is wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. -Thornton Wilder

The nice thing about being confused is you get a chance to notice things a lot better than if you knew where you were going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Dried Mud


Yesterday was sand, today something different.


Only once was I in the desert and witnessed a flash flood. 
That was long long ago, before the age of digital cameras and thus I have no pictures.



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

America the Beautiful


We had just drove in on the road stretching out in the distant background and pulled over at a wide spot on top of the ridge to take in the view, and this is what was there.  I just stood there staring at this wondering what goes on in the minds of people that can deface and trash public lands with such ease and lack of guilt.

Sometimes I really don't give the human race that much longer in this world.

And the world will be a better place, given time to heal from the wounds we've inflicted upon it.

Worse still was that there were two tourists from Germany who had pulled over also for the view and some picture taking.  Very embarrassing.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Desert Sunsets


We are back home for awhile now.  I will miss the beautiful sunsets.

Same scene but a little longer exposure.



Same image but cropped to give that panorama feel.



Monday, May 4, 2015

We're offline...again


Sinbad and I will be away for awhile looking for... 

critters...


 and flowers.

I must remember to pack my cat

so he can keep watch.



Saturday, May 2, 2015

More Flowers in the Desert


A flowering yucca and ocotillo together.

Another ocotillo in bloom.  The blooms are difficult to photograph.

See why?  They are way up there.



Friday, May 1, 2015

Western Bluebird Eggs


We put this nesting box up several years ago and they said it might take a few years before the bluebirds might use it.  Well this year finally, someone moved in and set up a nursery.


I'll not bother it anymore even when (if) I hear baby birds chirping.
It is kind of cramped in there but I guess this is what bluebirds like.
I just wonder how she could pop out four eggs?  She's not that big it seems.
The eggs are about the size of your purple table grapes.  
Notice the head of the Phillips head screw to get an idea.



Thursday, April 30, 2015

Not Cactus Flowers


There are other plants blooming in the desert besides cactus.





This little guy likes to eat the plants.

This one too!



Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Back to the Flowers in the Desert

That's pretty much it for the cactus flowers in my garden at home 
so back to those in the desert. 




Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Hedgehog Cactus


I had to wait a few days longer for the hedgehog cactus in my garden to fully boom out.
I have the crimson variety.  There is also a "strawberry" variety that has dark fuchsia color flower. 

The red in these flowers is so brilliant my camera sensors are overloaded and detail is lost.

Now if I knew more about camera settings....






Sunday, April 26, 2015

Monday Mural


This Roadrunner was on the other side of the building of last week's mural.


*beep beep*

For more murals visit Oakland Daily Photo's Monday Mural





Saturday, April 25, 2015

Timing is Important


I was there too early to catch this Agave in bloom.  
It probably is right now though.

So here are some more cacti flowering.

But wait, elsewhere later on I did find one flowering.



Friday, April 24, 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Looking Good


The sun came out the next day and the cactus flower opened up more.

Close by another cactus is going crazy with flowers.
Behind it notice another getting ready to open up.

I am waiting for the yellow flowers on the short cactus in front to open.  They will be small.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Cactus Blooming


We travel hundreds of miles to the deserts down south in search of cacti in bloom. When we come home my own cactus are in flowering mode.  You'd think I ought to just stay home. 

Some cactus are the one-day-wonder type of flower.  I can't remember if this is one that the flower will close and wilt away over night so I thought it best to get this picture now even though the sun had not been out all day long.  You'll notice there are two more buds waiting to open. 

Unlike yesterday's tiny eraser head sized flowers these blooms are larger than your fist.  








Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Spring Blooms in the Desert


A small fishhook cactus with tiny blossoms.  
These flowers are about the size of an eraser on the end of a pencil.



Sunday, April 19, 2015

Monday Mural


 Seen in a small town on my most recent trip to the California deserts.
Excellent detail in this painting.

A full building view as to better appreciate the size of this mural.

For more murals visit Oakland Daily Photo



Monday, March 30, 2015

Out of Order


Sinbad and I are heading out for the desert for a little get-away so the blog will be inactive while we're gone - no internet out there.  Sinbad continues to be doing fine yet I don't want to venture too far away from home so no more long cross-country trips are in our future travel plans.  We'll just stick close to home and enjoy the desert lands of the southwest.  Plus he's just happy as can be to roll around in the desert dirt anyway.