Thursday, March 30, 2017
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
"Generally speaking, Death Valley has terrific spring wildflower displays if the conditions are right. That is, if there is plenty of rainfall in the winter months and then it warms up quickly in the spring. Notice how the flowers congregate in the channels on the alluvial fan". From HERE
Monday, March 27, 2017
Sunday, March 26, 2017
I was curious as to why the Flickers would drum on the old bird condo near the suet, and I discovered that the Northern Flicker is a woodpecker, and has some interesting habits.
"Springtime brings the sound of a woodpecker - maybe one like this Northern Flicker - drumming on a hollow surface. Members of the woodpecker percussion band announce their territory and attract mates, as they pound away on metal roofs or gutters. Drilling holes in tree trunks calls for some specialized tools, and the North Flicker has them: big claws, two toes pointing forward and two backward, and a stiff tail to prop itself up". Link
Saturday, March 25, 2017
I had great affection for two cats. Each wore a collar, and each collected a numbers of tags.
Here's Chloe's. She was a great companion and traveler: Home to her was wherever I was. I have wonderful memories and stories about her.
Here's Lucy's. She lost 3 stars over the years.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017
Sunday, March 19, 2017
What's with cats and boxes? Tug is comfortable in half of one. He bites the cardboard, and spits out the pieces. I've heard that it is a common behavior, but Tug is my only cat to do it.
As soon as I started taking pictures --that is, giving him attention--he wanted to play.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Terrace 9 and the Shrine of the Báb, Mt. Carmel
'It is natural for the heart and spirit to take pleasure and enjoyment in all things that show forth symmetry, harmony, and perfection. For instance: a beautiful house, a well designed garden, a symmetrical line, a graceful motion, a well written book, pleasing garments—in fact, all things that have in themselves grace or beauty are pleasing to the heart and spirit—therefore, it is most certain that a true voice causes deep pleasure'. --‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Monday, March 13, 2017
I recall watching a television program with my family when I was a boy of eight or nine called "The Vise". In 1956, I didn't completely understand the adult themes, but I remember the cynicism.
Trying to recall the opening graphics after sixty years, I drew this from memory.
In fact, it looked like this.
"This British production featured less known actors in filmed plays showing people caught in "the vise" of fate created by their own deeds". IMDB
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Marching down Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz.
A few years later, there was another boy marching with the band, and his instrument was the crash cymbals.
I left my boys in Santa Cruz one morning and flew to Port Angeles, Washington. Two days later I watched them march with the Big Red Band down Lawrence Street in Port Townsend. The band had taken a bus from Santa Cruz, with the final destination being Victoria, British Columbia.
A perfect Spring day to show Santa Cruz pride!
The pants on these band members seemed to have shortened overnight.