10 September 2005
A Walk in the Desert
It was a perfect day for walking. Not too cloudy and not too sunny. Blue skies get a little old around here. A few clouds are really appreciated. For two reasons: keeps too much sun from getting all over the body and in the eyes, and, the patches of sun and shadow bring out a subtle difference in the desert colors which is fascinating due to it's very rarity. We ended up taking two walks in the desert hills near our home. Since I am a sucker for desert flowers the DH took many photos with his camera. I took pics with mine too but will have to post them later since it is now re-charging. Take a good look at that last yellow flower (sorry, don't know their names). When he was taking that picture a bee got rustled up. The cheeky thing showed it's disturbance by buzzing at both our heads-one after another, in turn. He wasn't posing for a photo op either. I regret to say that I took a swat at him with my hat but missed. Regret that I took a swing, not the miss. Let him be. It's his flower anyway. The wildlife has had to find ever distant back-country since the neighborhoods are being built up further and further into the desert, encroaching on their territory. We used to see deer up there all the time and once I got within 30 feet of a coyote. Scared him good. We see less owls, eagles and hawks than previous years. Of course, there is a bright side. Less rattlers and black widows too!