|Gina, Donna and DJ|
Oops, wrong photo, sorry ladies! I've been playing with my new graphics program and got carried away. :) Here they are:
|Gina, Diane and DJ|
Some other photos taken since I've been here at City of Rocks:
|City of Rocks Lizard|
|Sign to the Desert Botanical Garden|
I like the way they let you know how long it is to the nearest bench, restroom and water. I was also interested in what was written about the number four - my favorite number all my life. I've always categorized things into fours. It's the symbol that's on the New Mexico license plates. If you click on the photo you should be able to read about it.
|Hike and Bike Trail Marker|
When we first got here, I found this large dead spider on my chair folded up in front of Katie's car seat. I put it on the edge of her blanket to show it's size. She wasn't too happy about having it there.
Later, I took out the chair and opened it in camp, and this is what was inside the chair:
Is that a creepy spider, or what? It's large and looks like it has a black pincher mouth. I did a lot of spider research, but couldn't find out what kind it was. I think I must have brought them from the Hot Springs LTVA in California, one died and one lived. But not for long... At least I hope there were only two. :( NOTE: Thank you Cyndi for letting me know this is a Wolf Spider!
|Look at the pretty center of this big rock. The other half is on the ground.|
|This is a Raven's nest in one of the hollows in a large rock.|
|The hole on the left is the nest. This one has really been built up with twigs.|
In my first site I put out a bowl of water for the critters, and here is a raven coming in for a landing. He is flying toward the left side of the photo and has one foot on the ground as he lands.
|Ta-Da - I should put a ballet skirt on him. :)|
And here is is again, flying away after having a drink. I love to get photos of birds in flight, but I don't get many good clear ones.
And finally, here's a Black-Throated Sparrow, the first I've seen. He flew in, hopped around, and flew off, and that was that. I was lucky to get this one photo and I haven't seen one since.
Katie and I are leaving City of Rocks by the end of the week, heading south to Rock Hound State Park and Poncho Villa State Park. We've never been to those campgrounds and want to see them. I have a loose itinerary written up to try to see as many of New Mexico's State Parks this summer so that next year our travels will be more focused on the parks we like best. I'd like to stay two weeks at each park, that's the limit set by New Mexico for 2013, but I'm expecting the heat to drive us north sooner than I'd like, so will probably have shorter visits at some of the parks.
This last photo isn't the best - but I love it anyway. Last night the female Raven came first, as expected, then the male flew in, jumped around a bit, and flew off. I just barely got the photo-as you can see. Reminds me of Mary Poppins. Then the female flew off, too, returning later to their rock. I looked out later in the night and didn't see two ravens, so maybe the male didn't return, for the first time since I've been here. I felt kind of sorry for the female Raven. Do you think they had a tiff?
I had to try it:
From Me and My Dog, have a great Tuesday, everyone! :)