Mule Deer in Cave Creek!

I spotted these mule deer right on the outskirts of Old Town Cave Creek!! Mule deer migrate to lower elevations during the winter months, so now is the prime time to see them in our area!

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Bobcat Love

Yesterday, this awesome, wild, slender bobcat dropped by.

Closeup of the bobcat perched on the pillar in the backyard.
Closeup of the bobcat perched on the pillar in the backyard. Click photo to enlarge.

There’s a bobcat family that lives around here and we get glimpses of them once in a while.  Usually, we catch them in a blurr of hurried motion.

Once in a while, we are blessed to have a lingering, eye to eye, soul to soul encounter and in those moments, there is no feeling of danger.  A part of me questions the wisdom of that because after all, they are wild untamed undomesticated creatures with survival instincts.  It is what it is.  We are who we are.

We are grateful to observe the wild in its natural habitat.  They are grateful for the water source we maintain.  It feels like we have an understanding that transcends language.

Enjoy the photos.

There has been no shortage of thirsty animals lately.  Daily the deer and coyotes have been visiting the watering hole.  Francisca photographed them while I was away on a business trip.

Yesterday, she was the one to spy this cutie in the main courtyard.  I went around the house to see if I could get some photos and she tried to calm the dog to keep her from barking.  Neither of us expected what happened next.

The bobcat, circled to the back of the house where it decided to rest next to the patio furniture.

Satisfied with my first photo, when I came back in the house, I found that Francisca had gone out to the back patio to get a closer look.  I followed.  And, miraculously, the dog who was left inside the house co-operated by keeping quiet.

Healing With The Night Blooming Cereus

What a treat to make a remedy from the Night Blooming Cereus that graced us with beauty and gifted us with its essence this past Wednesday in Cave Creek.  It was another confirmation that nature is approving of the Lotus Pinwheel energy that is taking shape (more to come on this).   My friend and homeopathic colleague Debbie Noah and I sat in awe and without hesitation came to the conclusion that this year’s message from the night bloomer was happiness and celebration.

Enjoy the photos of the  Argentine Giant (Tricocereus Candicans) blooms that with a little help of some hardware mesh survived the appetite of the javelinas this year.

May we all give ourselves permission to bloom and share our beauty with those around us.

The orioles are back

I spied the orioles again for the third night in a row on Friday and so it’s safe to assume that they are back to stay.  It was getting dark just as the sun was setting and the pictures aren’t great.  I loved listening to them calling back and forth to each other.  The male flew between the stag horn cholla and the palm tree while the female hung out in the ocotillo.

 

Chihuly at The Desert Botanical Gardens

An awesome time was had by all.  Visiting The Desert Botanical Gardens was a much needed break today.  The weather was fantastic with slightly overcast skies and the Chihuly glass display did not disappoint.

Enjoy!

Saguaros at Sunset

I bumped into my neighbors tonight as I went out for my evening walk.

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saguaros-at-sunset-009-good-friends-and-neighborsThe light was wonderful and I lagged behind as I tried to photograph the saguaros.   Enjoy the gallery below.