|The sun attempts to break the heavy cloud cover caused by Hurricane Rosa|
|a curious Greater White-fronted Goose|
|This young kiddo was so happy feeding the ducks and geese. Little does he realize how special two of those geese are|
|The resident Snow Goose of Lakeside Park|
I went to my go-to-spot during times like these and found a large gull. At first I thought it had been a California Gull until I got closer and discovered how big this bird was! I got a little more excited. I posted the gull on the FB page and people were calling it a Lesser Black-backed Gull. That bird was not on my radar. Chris Benesh joined the fun and we went through all the "maybes" on this gull. Could we rule out Western Gull? And all the others in that size range? The answer in short was yes. It just took a little patience.
|a rare juvenile Herring Gull makes a stop in Tucson|
|one of the ponds of Agua Caliente Park|
|Two -striped Mermiria|
It'll be hard to go birding around here now that I've begun cooking like a monster. I go get my 70 pounds a veggies religiously every Saturday morning. Afterwards, I get super excited and begin to process the vegetables. I can. I freeze. And I bring vegetables to life! I process all the squash, tomatoes and everything else right away.
For example, with butternut squash, I steamed it all up during the summer and then pureed it all for the freezer. This weekend, I pulled out that frozen ziploc bag of goodies and began prepping a soup with it. I don't follow any recipes, but I've eaten so much food in my life, I can tell which ingredients go where. So I cooked up a storm. I canned homemade spaghetti sauce, prepped a potato/veggie casserole and made my butternut squash soup. It was a hit with my friends. I'm in love with my kitchen again and it feels so good. Creating healthy dishes feels absolutely wonderful! And there is nothing quite like the taste of fresh.
Next week, I'm back on the road to try and find some lifers in Wisconsin. But honestly, it's about being with family and friends......and the cool autumn air. Until next time.....