Saturday, July 30, 2011
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Thursday, July 28, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
On our way over to Bartlett Lake last weekend, I spotted a snake by the side of the road. I cautiously got out of the car, but since it was upside down, I knew it was dead. Yup. Dead as a doorknob...I could see where it had been run over (below the head...) and since it was out in the hot sun anyway, I knew it was a goner. I do believe it is a diamondback rattlesnake, older than the one I ATTEMPTED to save up on Highway 74 (see: http://deserthorses.blogspot.com/2011/04/rattlesnakemikey-this-is-for-you-041711.html), but it was indeed a rattlesnake. I'm thankful that I've never run into a rattlesnake while out on my morning hikes. The diamondback rattlesnake is one of the most poisonous ones here in our desert and I seem to find them along the roads, either dead or nearly so...
I found this cactus out by the pool this morning and took these photos of it. We had a tremendous thunderstorm over here in Arizona last night~rain, thunder, lightning! At one point, I screamed, it was so loud! And, this morning, everything is sparkling and everything smells...moist! The quail were out feeding, rabbits were feeding, and I went for a long walk at the hotel! Cactus Monday for July 24, 2011. To visit Cactus Monday, please go to: http://painteddaisies.blogspot.com/
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Hubby and I are over in Scottsdale, AZ, enjoying a change of scenery this weekend. Our villa room is right above the pool and since hubby was slow getting started this morning, I took my camera down to the pool area and took these photos. It was about 9:00 and was already humid (there's a spectacular thunderstorm off to the north, near Payson, AZ tonight). The kids and families were soon out, enjoying the water features. SOOC Sunday for July 24, 2011. Doesn't this look like FUN? These are at Desert Ridge Villas, in Scottsdale, Arizona. To visit SOOC Sunday, please go to: http://www.murrieta365.com/
Thursday, July 21, 2011
We're heading back to Arizona this weekend. I can only take 109 clear, cloudless days for so long. I need a change of scenery, so off we go! The horses are getting their feet trimmed tomorrow and the vet will be out to look at Cali's eyes (she gets a fly infestation every summer) and after that is done, we'll be heading over to Arizona. I took these photos at the Salt River this past spring, when we went for a 3 day weekend at that time. This is the part of the river where many people rent rafts and go down the river, as you can see. It sure looked like fun!
Sunday, July 17, 2011
No matter how many times we travel to the Sierra, we always manage to take this road outside of Lone Pine, CA. There is a huge ranch along it and cattle sometimes are grazing along the road. It's a one lane road and sometimes we have to pull over to let other cars or trucks pass. We always enjoy stopping here and looking up at the Sierra. Scenic Sunday for July 17, 2011. Please go to: http://scenicsunday.blogspot.com/
Friday, July 15, 2011
Thunderheads over the sierra near Mt. Whitney and Lone Pine. Actually, we stopped at the Manzanar National Monument to snap this photo on our way home over the July 4th weekend. The clouds were from tropical storm Arlene, which was an Atlantic storm, not one of our summer Pacific monsoons. SkyWatch Friday for July 15, 2011. To see other skies, please visit SkyWatch Friday at http://skyley.blogspot.com/