|The San Francisco Peaks outside of Flagstaff|
|a nesting Greater Roadrunner|
|Ornate Tree Lizard|
|Parry's Beardtongue or Parry's Penstemon|
This was quite a show.
I hear a Great Horned Owl make a call. I follow his low hoot that echoes in the palms and find two ladies making out. I said, "Hey, stop making out and look at the owl above you!" They pulled out their cell phones and snapped shots. Apparently love is the air for all living things.
|Great Horned Owl|
"The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it." Peter Pan
I am a birder and always will be. I cannot give up this journey. Sometimes I question myself. When is enough....enough? And then something happens to remind me that without certain elements in my life, I'd be lost.
While my trip to the Pacific Northwest satiated my lifer search, it once again brought me back to reality. Each day alive is a gift. I was reminded of that once again when one of my fellow co-workers unexpectedly passed away during surgery. She was only 62 years old. I have met so many people that only have their work or kids that define them. Retirement is a reawakening for many people. But for some, it's the scariest thing ever. This teacher was always the first one at school helping the kiddos learn their math. Once she told me that if she didn't have her job, she wouldn't be sure what she would do. And that is a reality for many people.
|Curve-billed Thasher in Cholla nest|
|Hedgehog Cactus in bloom|
|"Hey!, it's time for a haircut!"|