|White-lined Sphinx Moth|
Looking back. Looking forward. And here I am. They say autumn has begun. I lock myself indoors pretending it's cold outside when in reality it's still like opening an oven. So what to do? Escape to the great White Mountains and feel the sensations of being cold!
|We sat and watched the Elk graze in Greer at sunset|
So I began making my own lunches. I got a membership to Costco, then to the National Parks and then we got a membership for the Desert Museum. I've somewhat stepped out of the Arizona birding. Birders have told me this happens. It's not that I am not birding. I am. I'm just not into chasing birds around this state as much anymore. It seems goofy driving hours on the road observing a bird that I've seen many times in other places. So I stick to my patches. And bird. And cook. And save money for the big treks that are coming up. It's gotta be a really rare bird for me to chase.
|Warbling Vireos migrate through the area|
|The infamous West Baldy Trail #94|
|A Sora dances around with another Sora hiding out in the reeds|
But for now, I meander. I go where I feel like going.
We sat watching the elk eat the grass. We played detective and found our friendly American Dipper. There we sat with the dipper as the sun was setting and watched it get ready to go to bed.
|An American Dipper takes a break from the dipping|
|A beautiful Cooper's Hawk perches|
September is a great month for flower gardens and butterflies. In fact, I believe it's also one of the best places for a birder to observe birds as migrating warblers like to feed from the bugs in the garden while finches, etc like to eat the seeds. You could be at a stinky steamy hot slop pond searching for a Red Knot or sitting within a beautiful garden watching art naturally happen. I prefer the latter. It's not going to get me anything rare, but I don't care.
We live. We hike. And we explore. Bring on the cold! Let fall arrive!
And then in between, I want to play outside and grow plants. During the summer, I stare out the window and think of the winter projects I want to do. We have a wooden fence and I'd love to hang quirky bird houses on them!
|Hunt's Bumble Bee, note the rusty brown band around the abdomen|
Gosh what a different post. You usually are chasing birds somewhere but now at present you seem more content which is good.ReplyDelete
Something changed me this summer. I'm not sure what it was, but while birding is still my love, there are other things that are taking over the chasing part. And I'm enjoying doing all the fun social stuff that comes with it. I still love being outdoors though:)Delete
Wonderful set of pictures - I love going into the mountains when it's hot. Actually I just love being in the mountains!ReplyDelete
Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne
I am ready to trade you for the cool air:) It has been so hot here. But September is always like that. Today we are supposed to get rain and cool temps! So excited. I'm bringing my camera just in case:)Delete
A moving post Chris. It is a lovely thought that you are using cookware inherited from loved ones. So often when I am cooking I think of my mother and I have many of the recipes she used. A beautiful selection of photos and I adore the butterflies. It is always good to have a variety of hobbies as well as the main one.ReplyDelete
It is good. I've always enjoyed those things but I put them aside for birds, which is ok. But now, I'm also allowing more time for HGTV home improvements, garden maintenance and some good ol' cooking. I love the farmer's market and it has changed me and my eating habits. It has been a fun journey so far. Every night I make or juice something fresh. I can and I freeze now. Very domestic of me I know but while I'm doing all these things, I can't help but think of my grandma's and mom(who still does it all) I haven't gotten back into baking because I think that might be bad. I don't want to develop my sweet tooth:) However, when we eventually make it over to England, we'll be trying all the desserts:)Delete
Chris your photographs are beautiful as always. They take me right to where you are. But your words are like listening to my own voice in my head. Thank you for sharing both.ReplyDelete
Thank you:) It's really so nice to "hear" your voice again. Welcome back!Delete
I think that cooking represents something fundamental that connects us to many things. I enjoy cooking, especially when we have friends over for dinner. I also bird exclusively in my local patch, other than for major trips. I still very much enjoy birding in far off places, especially if I can encounter families hitherto unseen. And that is getting harder!ReplyDelete
Yes. There's something very special about it all. I am still at the stage where I am embarrassed to share my food. I'm afraid they won't like it. I bird my patch until I can afford a new adventure because it does get more difficult. I need to hire guides now for risky areas or difficult to access areas. Arizona birding is amazing in that I can go anywhere and do my birding for free but when it's in a new country full of new rules, it's tricky business!Delete
Mostly my photos are of birds in our own yard....and, I never tire of them.... no boring things with birds around.... they are always a source of much entertainment to me...ReplyDelete
I began baking bread back in 2007 and love it... no more store bought for us... and, it is so much fun to experiment.... just made some Syrian Onion breads the other day...lots of cumin and onions....oh, YUM!!
I agree, birds are amazing! And that bread sounds AMAZING!!!! Hot Syrian Onion bread with butter? Or olive oil? Yum!Delete
How nice to have those objects that remind you of your grandmother. I have some of my Nana's stuff as well. I will always love her and miss her.ReplyDelete
I hope you gave fun in Wisconsin. One day I will go there. I hope you get a chance to say "Goodbye " to Bernie in your own way.
It's cooling off nicely here in Maine. Come back soon. We still have somemore birds to find together.