19. August 2017 · Comments Off on Visitations and Rescues · Categories: Places · Tags: ,

A desert tortoise browsing the back porch. They appear to be interested in human structures, I’ve found them exploring my shop if I’ve left the door open.

In general, I’ve noticed that my dinosaur-derived neighbors are curious and will explore when they feel it is safe. Hummingbirds fly into the shop and hover while I work, or will supervise if I’m loading the car, and the canyon wrens will hunt bugs or just sit mere feet from me and converse lightly if I initiate by emulating their lovely and plaintive diminuendo.

Tortoise (Gopherus morafkai)

Moths often founder in the birdbaths in the early morning moonlight. I slip flat rocks under them to support them and lift them out. Some wiggle and strain, most lie still and let evaporation bring them freedom. A surprising number survive. Out of this group all but two were gone when I next looked.

Moths On the Rocks
19. January 2015 · Comments Off on Mop Top · Categories: Places · Tags:

It’s hanging onto the door, so I’d say it’s a real swinger.

Mod Moth