Tuesday, March 31, 2009

It's Spring in the Desert!

[Click on these pictures for a larger view and then hit the 'return' arrow to return to this blog page.]Claret Cup Hedgehog in Pat Steele's cactus garden Claret Cup Hedgehog in Pat Steele's cactus garden Claret Cup Hedgehog in Pat Steele's cactus garden pricklly pear cactus in Pat Steele's cactus garden Beaver Tail cactus Ocotillo blooms; very few leaves are visible in Pat Steele's cactus garden 100_3132 small blooms that are lime green in color

nesting doveAs I was walking through the cactus garden today looking for beautiful flowers to capture, suddenly I was this close to this nesting dove.  She sat very still just long dove eggs; one is crackingenough for me to snap this picture. And then she flew, leaving these two small eggs, to my delight.  I quickly took their picture and moved away so she would return to her nest.  I'm not sure if she damaged the egg when she flew off or if a baby is trying to escape, but I will check this nest again tomorrow, if I have time. purple prickly pear  purple prickly pear rosebudpurple prickly pear rose and rosebudpurple prickly pear rose 

This little fellow was singing at the top of his lungs.singing at the top of his lungs

26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?
27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing,
29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.
30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’
32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.
33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
Matthew 6:26-33 (New Living Translation)

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