Black Tailed Jackrabbit – My what big paws you have

When I first arrived in Arizona, a part of me wanted to believe in the legend of the Jackalope.  I would see them on display in tourist shops in Sedona… They captured my imagination.

Simply described, a Jackalope is a taxidermy combination of a jackrabbit with antlers.  You can google it if you don’t believe me.

A Jackrabbit and a Cottontail Gives PerspectiveSince early July, we have caught glimpses of a jackrabbit visiting the watering hole.

I was lucky one day when Paul called me to catch a photo showing perspective between the jackrabbit and a cottontail.

I love how the sun is shining through their ears making them glow.

Black-tailed jackrabbits (Lepus californicus) are also referred to as the American Desert Hare.  They are very wild and extremely shy and skittish.  On my evening walks, I’m lucky to catch a blur in the distance. Unlike the cottontails which sometimes try and stand still imagining that you don’t see them, the jackrabbits take off at the slightest noise.

I had to take these photos from inside the house through the glass of the kitchen window.

Click on one of them to enlarge.

Wikipedia – Black Tailed Jackrabbit

Desert In Bloom – Yucca and more

Yucca Blooms detail
Yucca Blooms detail

I like the name Yucca. I like saying it.

I love the white and green blooms that look waxy and unreal.  They burst forth with such vigor that the majority of the time, they keel over from the weight of their being.  When I see  them in the medians I wonder why they didn’t just stop growing.  Why isn’t anyone watering them?  And I remember, oh yes, this is the desert.

The plant leaves are sword shaped and have a tendency to stab and cut you if you are not careful.

Joshua Trees are a type of Yucca.  You can read more about Yuccas on Wikipedia.

Here are some more colorful blooms; Fuscia and Yellow-orange Staghorn Cholla Blooms:

and for ultimate cuteness… One young bunny with ears back lit by the rising sun.

Cave Creek Bunny

Happy Easter – 2013

I hope all who celebrate Easter had a happy one.

I’m sure this bunny thought if it stood still enough that I could not see it.  He was enjoying the grass which is currently abundant in our back yard.  Only a few more days of green before the sun toasts everything.

For now though I am loving it.