Thursday, March 29, 2012
Its getting warmer and warmer outside. We've all just been kicking back and enjoying the heat. Dan and I went for a quad ride to take pictures of the desert in the beginning of Spring, but its only just starting to bloom, so I didn't get many pictures. It was nice and warm. T-shirt weather and we love that. Bella has kind of changed her "hunting" habits. Seeing as she isn't fond of being in the sun too long, she'll go out and about looking for lizards and other critters then come back to the shade of our 5th wheel to chill for awhile. That works for us as we can sit and chill with her. If we are too far away from our rig, she'll find some shade under a tree.......Starting to think about where we'll head when we leave here. Just don't know yet........ Here is a blooming octatilloI believe this a pink-flowered hedgehogTeddybear Cholla cactus. Don't let the name fool ya. OUCH OUCH OUCH!!!!! Ya don't wanna come into contact with this. We've both had contact with this cactus and it wasn't very fun. We had to use Dan's leatherman to pull the spines out. And we've pulled them out of the quad tires. We try and avoid them. In my Audubon book it says "CAUTION Spiny joints readily attach to passerby". Oh, yes indeed.......Not quite sure what this one is......Cool looking Palo Verde by where we parkDan and BellaA very lazy Bella in her chair outside our rig just chillin' in the shadeBella brought this guy home. Don't worry. Hes not dead or hurt. Hes very much alive and "playing dead". Dan put him back in a hole. He is called a Zebratail Lizard.Heres another little fella that she brought home. It is also alive and not hurt. He was funny as he kept chasing Bella's paw. Dan also put it back in a hole.Shes been catching the lizards and no matter how far away she is from our rig, she brings them home. She doesn't bite into them and doesn't kill them. We think shes just proud of her "catch". She looses interest in them real quick when they "play dead" so Dan will take them away to live another day..............Bella and I were outside without Dan a few days ago and I seen a hawk circling above us. He was pretty far up and I didn't worry right away. They normally don't bother us but Bella must have looked like a tasty morsel. I picked her up and he swooped down towards us and flew right over our heads. He was no higher then about 25' above us. He had a HUGE wing span and he sure was looking right at us. I'm quite sure that if could have grabbed Bella by her back, he would have done lots of damage to her. Shes a petite cat. Anyway, it was quite the experience but I hope it doesn't happen again. It says on the Internet that hawks are territorial, so I'm sure that this hawk has seen us outside many many times.