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notes from the hike

and so it came to pass…abacus and i fancied a hike in the catalinas.

we arrived at the trail head to see this:

a harbinger of pain?  how tough was this hike going to be?

not too bad, actually!  it was hot, but i think we sort of kicked ass!  it was full sun, but we made good time.

now, i need to say, my hopes for nature viewing were low, but we were treated with views of ravens and a hunting red tail.  also, scads of funnel spiders had set up shop:

one knoll was plastered with these.  i like the funnel spiders. they’re efficient eaters…and their bodies remind me of sugar smacks!

we also had some lovely flora…whatcha got right there is the Mirabilis linearis – Narrowleaf Four O’Clock.

the climb was steep so i noticed the plant life on the way up: moving slowly and all.  on the way down, only critters caught my eye.

here is a punk ass grasshopper who i followed for a great while  he would only turn his back to me.

grasshoppers are the biggest teases in sonoran nature. they know you want to take their picture…they leave, but they stay close enough for you to follow.

how high were we?  this high:

we also saw the dainty sulfur and the claret cup hedgehog:

we were back down town by 11:15 for beers and clams at bob dobb’s!

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pollen envy

the bees are out in full  force and i’m telling you….this is a very industrious spring for them.  my allergies have been going crazy, so you can imagine how the bees are just loving all the extra pollen.  hey, if it makes you little bee sweeties happy, i’ll just keep on sucking down the benedryl and not complain.

i’ve been a little spastic about bee photos.  as i mentioned a few days ago, my portfolio was accepted for a show at a nature gallery next summer so i need to get to work snapping some fresh insect images.

yesterday morning i climbed a ladder and perched there with my telephoto.  it was only 8 am and the bees were already hard at work.  but lookie here:

most of the bees had pollen loads the size of the one’s on the left….but look at the one on the right!  holy shit bee! what time did you get up to get that much work done by 8 am?  and how are you even flying around with that much extra weight?

if you’d like to learn more about these sticky bee leg weights, please visit buzzy’s blog here: http://buzzybeegirl.wordpress.com/2010/02/15/shes-got-legs-she-knows-how-to-use-them/

i made it safely down the ladder then got to work at the day job.

what’s  blooming around you?  what wildlife, big or small, have you spotted lately?



season of industry!
April 15, 2010, 3:30 pm
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they’re back!  i’ve missed them so.  the bees. the native bees.

the honeybees have been here for a while now, but now that the cactus flowers are starting to bloom, . . . .things are getting exciting!

here is one being a little shy….

this cactus bloom was about 8 feet in the air.  i was standing on a chair about 10 feet away from the cactus.

here comes another one with a not-so-graceful landing….

these are the first two cactus blooms in my yard.  their will be hundreds more.

um….does anyone think i’m a little too excited about this?  it’s ok if you do.  i’m not right in the head when it comes to my little bee friends.

now get back to work.  the bees can’t do everything!



blooming
April 1, 2010, 5:14 pm
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hi!  spring has perked up the dogs, and things are growing again.  i have no plans for the weekend, so maybe i can find some pretty things to photograph.

i found some of these guys in my front yard…

and these guys….

the flowers and weeds are growing out of control in the back yard.  the bees are happy as can be! 

what are you doing this weekend?



cactus….i love you.
December 30, 2009, 4:25 pm
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it’s the little things really, the surprises, the small flashes of color, that make life enjoyable.

so, about 6 years ago my neighbor gave me a bunch of cuttings from succulents where she had been house sitting.  one was a 6 inch long sprig of christmas cactus.  i stuck it in a pot, way too large for the wimpy thing, and put it inside on a book shelf at the window overlooking the front step.  the other plants, stayed outside where they are flourishing to this day.

on the phone with my mom that week i was telling her about my new plants.  when i mentioned the christmas cactus she made a point of letting me know that ….it was going to die.  they never live, according to her.

it has filled the pot.  it has flourished, but nary a blossom. 

i mentioned the little things.  how they are so important for happiness.  when you’re hurried and stressed, that is when you notice the little things the least.  but that is when you need to notice them the most.

christmas eve i was rushing to pack the car to get out of town.  home from work, wrap the gifts, make sure all the dog’s meds are packed, will the car make the drive, yadda yadda. 

a flash of pink out of the corner of my eye as i walk out the door.  “what the?”

2 blossoms and 3 buds.  i called my mother, elated, of course!

by the time i got back many blossoms had appeared. 

isn’t it beautiful?  the pads were covered in dust.  i took it outside and dusted it with a soft paint brush, then put it on my honda for some photos.

i love it.



big ole cactus…tiny bees
April 28, 2009, 2:38 pm
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we took a day trip and i got up close and personal with these gigantic saguaro cacti.

saguaroblossom1as you can see, these are very tall.  we were lucky they were all over, even beside the road.  to get these shots i had to use my 75-300mm telephoto lens and stand on the back of the truck.  this shot was from about ten feet away.

this one is from about 5 feet away.   good thing because it is a much smaller bee!  it was about the size of a large grain of rice.

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see how tall they are?

saguarothe entire area was packed with bees, but we weren’t scared as they were all native bees.  we didn’t see any honeybee swarms.

several varieties of bees were wallowing in the saguaro blossoms.  other native bees were buzzing around about a foot above the ground.  everywhere you looked you saw a bee flying around.

it was great!



you’ve got something yellow on yourrrrrr….

butt.  you’ve got pollen allll over your butt.

bee-w-red

abdomen.  what ever.

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