|Foothills Paloverdes at our neighbors' palapa are in full bloom and buzzing with bees.|
|So are the saguaros flowers|
|Our Ironwood trees are loaded with flowers this year|
Many different species of Chollas are spectacular and very colorful. But we've certainly had years with more flowers.
This night-blooming climber came as a seed from the desert museum. Between javelinas, packrats and bunnies, it never seems to reach climbing length here, but so far its circumference rivals that of the young mesquite tree it's leaning against.
Most of my potted Trichocereus cacti bloomed while I was in Mexico. But I got to see a few stragglers. Very pretty this year.
|Quail couples are still showing up with very young chicks. Here the mother has to rebuff the advances of a bachelor male|
|Many quail chicks have out-grown the phase of tiny cuteness and are now big enough to have better chances of survival.|
|Lately javelinas found their way under the dog fence. Frodo and Bilbo sit meters away, restrained by their electric collars, and watch them munch at quail block and nursery cactus|
|When there isn't much left, some try to hog it all to themselves|
This female Solfugid turned up right next to Randy who likes sitting on the floor in the living room when we watch movies. She seemed to share our taste for old BBC stuff. It figures: at over 2 inches, she has to be an older lady.