a solid twelve inches long- and this fella is not yet full grown!
The Joshua Tree Jack Rabbit family here on the ranch have been surprising me Despite statistics of thousand per square mile, I can attest to the Fact that there is no way the population on the north side of Joshua Tree -is even close to that-though it would be an amazing thing to see -flying jackrabbits here there and everywhere!
feathery- fluffy- walnuts with legs-the baby quail parade-again shot during twilight-through a window and a screen-with this herd of fluffiness- moving at a speed-that makes all 12 of them-appear to be one bigger feather-fest!they make the most adorable sounds-that i hope-to capture-on video-if there is enough light
Not to leave little Alvin the desert Chipmunk out of Sundays desert wildlife visits-and yes -there are 2 other little chipmunk siblings-I just have not yet been quick-and-or-quiet enough-to capture the trio's antics-Yet!
It goes beyond my understanding how a creature moving at great speed can freeze frame itself-in one blink-
it may have been kismet, or D Day for the desert wildlife-This young Jack Rabbit appeared at the watering station too!
If we were not a dog run ranch,this would have been a moment for beautiful contemplation and discovery-however-with one eyed Captain Jack sparrow-and Lady Love-lounging in the living room-I had to swiftly pull a cookie bribe and close them into my studio-while I closed their doggy door-so one miss Lady-would not turn into Kujo-and chase young jackrabbit away
Finally !!-after 18 years on our Joshua Tree ranch -I actually saw wee little baby quail -cuddled together-with PaPa Quail and Ma Ma Quail-tryng to drink some water in this scorching 105 degree -dry-unkind-Mojave Desert
I Have locked myself in my air conditioned studio. Temperature outside - a mere 101 degrees My Goal-to upload and clear every photo on my hard drive How many photos? Thousands My Motivation? the video card on my beloved 3 year old laptop is dying,so I am on a mission to save my photos,before it is too late
I lay down in the parking lot of our hotel in Lompoc California last week to take shots of these lovely tall purple flowers. Do you know what they are called? I was so delighted to be laying on cool cement with a chilly breeze blowing across me, I was in no hurry at all-to return to the standing position I let myself get lost in this wonderful violet canopy, until a kind vacationer hurried over upon seeing me there,sprawled out on my back, to ask if I was alright.
I am so Happy to be taking part in the August Break Blogging group. The icon is over there on the left of my blog well its supposed to be; but , I got so caddywampussed trying to add this to my sidebar that I don't know if the actual icon is going to appear. If you would like to join in the project,just click the link and come along with a growing number of bloggers who will be posting a photo a day on their blogs during the month of August. 105 here in the Mojave desert and this desertnana is seeking coolness and hoping the same for you
Ive spent the past eight weeks being part of an amazing group of women taking the beloved ,Susannah Conway's E-course Unravelling. In the past few years since retiring early (Hah!), from traditional full time employment, I have taken a handful of classes in person and on line. While each one has been a growing and learning experience, NONE have come close to getting down to the heart of the matter, as Unravelling has.. I have gently waded into the waters of really looking at myself-not an activity I face enthusiastically,especially in public; but, that is just one piece of the loving magic of this warm and safe nest The other is,~ I was not alone,~ not for more then a moment, because,the infinite kindness and warmth of a female classmates, welcomed me, encouraged me, inspired me and became my faraway friends. As they bravely shared bits and pieces of themselves, a resonating familiarity opened up again in my heart. I came to feel I had found kindred spirits. Oh I know that may sound a tad dramatic; but, that is just how it was. Ever amazing, Ever safe, Ever Wonderful. And the creator of this experience? Well, a visit to her blog and a view of a few videos will speak for this incredible lady.
Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.