Sunday, 17 February 2008

Back to the Desert Museum

Today started with another glorious sunny morning although it was cold at 35F (2C). With the sun being warm when you're outside it doesn't feel that cold though. I did my walk/run around the loop where we're parked and then headed for the desert. I think one of the reasons I like it here is my morning walks aren't boring. When we're on the Gulf you can't just walk out the door of the RV and have a nice walk usually (unless you're at a State Park). There were lots of birds out singing this morning but I didn't see any wildlife although a prickly pear cactus was ravaged which usually means the presence of javelina but it could have been that way for a while.

Ellie of Just Travelin brought her plants over just after 10 a.m. I'm plant sitting for her while they are in Mexico. She also brought one of Doug and JoAnn's. I haven't had plants for years. Sure hope they're still alive in two weeks! They are all leaving for Mexico tomorrow with Fred and Jo Wishnie.

After Ellie left we headed out to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. It seems like ages since we've been there. We had a good time walking around and seeing the birds and animals as well as some art displays. We had lunch at the Ironwood Cafe, walked around some more and got home around 2:30 p.m.

This beautiful little Costa's hummingbird stuck around for quite a few photos. Look at the irridescent purple on his face (photo above, right).

I'm not sure what is growing on this cactus but I'm calling it Santa Cactus.

A docent was telling us all about this kingsnake (non venomous). They actually eat rattlesnakes.

This is a Mexican tree sunflower.

This Mexican wolf was just sitting there enjoying his day licking his chops.

Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal were hanging around in the underbrush.

These pretty little bobcats are sunning themselves.

This is a coati. It's the first time we've gotten to see him.

This desert grass amongst the yuccas was very pretty.

This ocotillo has both green and red leaves. I hadn't seen that before.

It was pretty dark for this photo as it was way back in the tree but it's a hummingbird sitting on her nest.

This is the lineup waiting to get into the Museum as we were leaving.

I put my chair outside behind our rig in the desert and sat and read for a while but there was a bit of a breeze making it sort of cool so I came back in but not until I took these photos of the 'view from my lawnchair'.

Our temperature today got to 65F (18C) so it was a really beautiful day. I'm glad the temperatures are warming up again.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the pictures from the museum. It's a real joy to see new things through your eyes. Sitting in a chair with a mountain view is so relaxing.


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