I just love the sight of these silly 'Buzzerds' warming themselves in the morning sun.
This morning they also needed to DRY themselves. Yes! It rained! Yahoo!
Some nice thunderstorms went through the area since Wednesday and we finally got some rain out of them too!
Look at those puddles:
First rain since ... since ... since ... well, THAT long!
We all could do with a good soaking, especially the golf course!
Oh, yes, that's right, I'm golfing again!
I'm so happy! I really started to think I would never be able to anymore, but all of a sudden (within a week), after over 2 years of pain and progressive immobility, my shoulder is almost back to normal! What the heck??
Oh well, I'm not complaining!
Not in the least because I see most of this area's wildlife on the course, like these Scaled Quail the other day:
Aren't you a pretty birdie ...
And how about the following colourful bunch? (a Housefinch, a Blue Grossbeak and a Verdin).
I'm calling them 'Composition III in Red, Blue and Yellow'"
I don't think Mondrian would mind, do you?
And now for my 'prize bird'!!
When grocery shopping in Alpine a few weeks ago we were enjoying a cup of coffee in the gardens in front of Sull Ross State University when this little fella showed up.
Not a good shot, he's back lit, or actually site lit, and too far away but I'm pretty sure it is a Vermilion Flycatcher!
Not a rare bird but seen pretty much only around here or the very south of AZ and NV.
In the meantime we've been very, very busy, cleaning the RV and rearranging some 'stuff' in preparation for some vacation time!
(By the way, we've reconstructed the awning and it's up again, as you can see below).
Tomorrow we're leaving for a 10 day trip together and immediately after that I'm taking a month off to visit my friends and family in Holland!
Always a little chaos before a trip ...
Our plan is to travel a couple of days through the Texas Hill Country and after that to head over to the ocean and drive to
Houston following the gulf coast.
Once there James is putting me on a flight to Amsterdam and he'll drive back by himself (and Merlin of course) in 2 days.
We're exited to see some of Texas, we're only hoping for some cool(er) weather!
I'll try to post on facebook as we go but the blog probably has to wait until I'm in Holland. See you then!