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Apr. 14th, 2013 07:09 pm
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Been that long, has it?  Wow.  All I can say is, it's been a busy spring.

I've been taking more photos, intending to share them.  Here are some I took yesterday around Albuquerque.

We heard about the blue tree project on the news, and went to see.  This is an art project by Konstantin Dimopoulos, happening all over, with the intent to raise awareness of trees and their importance in our world.  Here's a shot I took at Albuquerque's Tingley Beach:

blue trees

As we were leaving, we met a roadrunner in the parking lot looking for handouts.  We had no lizards, alas.

roadrunner

We moved on to the Botannic Gardens to see what was blooming.  There was a wedding in the wedding garden, so I couldn't take any photos of the wisterias.  I may try again this week; they are blooming, though already leafed out.

We kind of missed our timing.  The daffodils were pretty much done, and the iris weren't blooming yet, but there were some nice tulips around, and the Japanese garden is always lovely no matter what the time of year.  I liked this bridge:

bridge

and this waterfall:

waterfall

What's nice is that even though the place was crawling with people, I was able to get these shots without getting photobombed.

The koi were thriving, and this goose was competing with them, begging for bread crumbs,

goose
We left just as the park was closing, and we headed off for dinner with some dear friends.  All in all a lovely day.
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This photo is from a couple of weeks ago. 

cholla

Swarmed!

Sep. 14th, 2010 10:24 am
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Since the visit from the bear I haven't been putting out seed for the birds.  After the summer rains, though, we've had fewer bear reports, so I went ahead and put some out today.

Ye gods!  Has no one been feeding these birds?  I'm swarmed with scrub jays and doves.  The jays are bickering over the seed - very excited.  They don't act this way when there's food out regularly for them.  I expect they'll settle down if I start keeping seed out for them.

It's definitely fall.  It was chilly this morning, and two of my three biggest aspens have turned.  I'll try to snap a pic to post.
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trashed feeder 1Night before last, we heard a loud thump in the middle of the night.  We got up to investigate, thinking something in the house somewhere had fallen down.  As we were in the north hallway, we heard another thump.  Turned on the back porch light and discovered the grill on its side and the tray bird feeder like this. 

We concluded we'd been visited by a bear.  My spouse uprighted the grill before I could take its picture the next morning, but there was plenty of other wreckage.  Our ursine friend destroyed two bird feeders and bent the pole on a third (ironically, the same pole was bent by a bear a few years ago). 

Ah, the joys of rural living!



























This was the only feeder that had food in it - thistle seed.  Probably not fun for a bear.


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StormI posted some photos of the wolves at Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary on my Facebook page. We went to their annual Howloween celebration Saturday. Took pictures of the wolves devouring their treats of pumpkins stuffed with goodies.

This is my favorite pic: Storm, the wolf I sponsor, with a pumpkin on the move.

Part of the annual event is a fire circle with a campfire story and a special farewell to the wolves and other friends of the sanctuary who have passed on in the last year. This year the amazing ambassador wolf Raven passed, and I was glad to be there to say farewell and to hear the wonderful stories people told about Raven. Leyton, the sanctuary's director and Raven's chosen human, had the best stories, of course.
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Saw a hummingbird today. They're still coming through, but I've only been seeing one at a time at the feeder, instead of swarms. No fights.

Last night I put the heater in the bird bath. This morning, a dusting of snow. Wednesday we are supposed to get whomped.

We were out running errands today and a roadrunner crossed the road in front of us. Not very fast; we had to swerve to avoid hitting him.

The coolest birds we've seen lately were a flock of about 8 wild turkeys on the road to our neighborhood, Saturday morning. First time we've seen them in the area!
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I've sponsored a wolf.

Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary is a wonderful place in the middle of nowhere, New Mexico. They offer lifetime sanctuary to captive-bred wolves and wolf-dogs abandoned by the exotic pet trade.

Often what happens is someone thinks it would be cool to have a wolf for a pet, so they buy a pup from a breeder. Then they find out why wolves don't make good pets. Sometimes the owners just can't handle the behavior of an intelligent, energetic, undomesticated animal with very strong jaws. Sometimes they can, but their communities outlaw ownership of such animals. Either way, a lot of these wolves and cross-bred wolf dogs wind up homeless, or threatened with euthanasia. They can't be released into the wild, because they were bred in captivity and don't have the experience to survive. 

Wild Spirit gives a lifetime home to over 50 such animals. They constantly have to turn others away, and are always operating on a shoestring budget. I've helped them out a little here and there in the past, but this year the taxes weren't as bad as I expected, so I've been able to sponsor a wolf for the first time.

stormI was extremely fortunate to have the chance to meet Storm and actually play with him and his siblings when he was just a pup.  He is one of a half dozen pups who came to Wild Spirit when their breeder decided to go out of business. 

When I got to play with the pups, they were eighteen weeks old, and they had so much strength and energy (squirmy!) that I was truly worried one of them might clock me in the face and injure me.  Now, a couple of years later, I know that Storm could easily kill me. 

Not that he's vicious--he's pretty much the opposite, very shy.  Most wolves are (rightly) afraid of humans, but they will attack if they feel threatened.  They are wild animals. 

I probably won't ever get to play with Storm again, but I'm going to visit him, and if I'm very lucky and the stars are all aligned, I might get to scritch his head a little.  If not, I'll settle for giving him presents now and then, and knowing that by sponsoring him (as I hope to continue to do each year), I'm helping him have as good a life as he can possibly get. 

(PS - The day we played with the pups, I caught a great picture of Jane Lindskold with a wolf pup the same age as Storm.  Check it out on Jane's website.)


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Beloved spouse and I took a quick jaunt to Las Vegas earlier this week. Here's a link to some fun pictures of Hoover Dam and the conservatory at Bellagio. I'm putting up a thumbnail of one pic here to tempt you.

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