This early evening, it was so nice outside. The skies were clear, the Sun was shining, and the First Quarter Moon was visible. I’ve also noticed, that our Bradford Pear tree buds start to open up. It won’t be long, before we have beautiful blossoms on these ornamental trees, again. I can’t wait for warmer Spring weather, so I can plant more in the home garden and The Colony Community Garden.
Oh look, who shows up in our yard every morning! It’s Randy, the Red-bellied Woodpecker. He gets very curious, when the Blue Jays visit for picking up some peanuts from the slinky. Randy flies in our Bradford Pear tree, looks around, sees food on the plate, has a snack and disappears until the next day. Then he comes back for a morning visit, gets a snack and gone he is again. I’ve noticed this for about the last eight to ten days, now. This morning, he said Hello in this 28°F (-2°C) weather. Being in the sun, and the harsh wind is gone, the temperatures are actually not that bad. Randy and his friends, the Blue Jays, seem to enjoy it.
This was a rough Sunday. My migraine started last night around 2 am, and I had to tough it out until this evening. I’m still not out of the woods. But I feel much better, than I was a couple of hours ago. The weather was beautiful, today. But I missed it all. I decided to go for some fresh air, on the front porch. The sun set already. But the afterglow still looked very beautiful. The rest of the evening, I’ll eat some fruits, turn on my essential oil diffuser, and take it easy. I hope, tomorrow will be a much better day.
A few years back, Kevin and I planted a peach tree in our backyard. Luckily it was producing fruit in the same year. But back then, we had five peaches growing. And Mr. Squirrel had his own way of sharing: Four peaches for him, one for us as a family of four. I quartered the last peach, so we all could enjoy a little slice of fresh “heaven”.
The following year, we’ve got about a dozen peaches. And Mr. Squirrel was much more generous: He took his four peaches and left us with the eight remaining fruits.
This Spring, our peach tree was in full bloom. And we could tell, we would get tons of peaches this Summer. But I’ve noticed they are a little bit smaller this year. I wonder, if the drought has a big factor in it. The tree didn’t get as much water as in the previous years. And I might have to consider some fertilizer for the next season. So, while Mr. Squirrel, the Blue Jays, Mrs. Mockingbird and Mrs. Sparrow are happily munching away my peaches, I had to rescue some for ourselves. On Monday, I filled up a bowl. And when those fruits are gone, I have to grab some more from the tree. In the meantime, Luis keeps Mr. Squirrel in check. Mr. Squirrel is allowed everywhere on our property, but not on the peach tree. As soon as the Squirrel jumps in that tree, Luis is getting havoc. Once he gets outside, he chases the squirrel across the fence. “No, no! No peaches for you, Mr. Squirrel.”
Every Summer, when the temperatures start to reach over 95ºF (35ºC), the Green Cicadas come out from under ground, fly in our trees and use their abdomen to call out for a mate. Usually, we begin to hear them in mid to end June. Since May was very warm, they had an early start in late Spring this year. Sometimes, I sit under the tree and just listen to them for a while. The cicada’s calls are so soothing. And with them being around, we definitely know that Summer has officially arrived in North Texas.
June 19, 2018
If Arches National Park is the famous park of Utah could be argued. But back in the day living in Germany, when someone mentioned Utah, the first picture coming into my head was the Delicate Arch. Therefore, the park was the one that stuck in my head. I didn’t know that Utah had many more National Parks, State Parks, Monuments, etc., until I moved to the United States. Since years, seeing the Delicate Arch was on my bucket list. On this trip, I’ve finally got to see it. We looked at it from the Lower Viewpoint, and we hiked all the way up the hill to the Upper Viewpoint. I scratched the Delicate Arch very lightly out on my list. Because I still want to hike all the way up to it and touch it.
But the Arches National Park has more to offer than just the Delicate Arch itself. There are many view points of interesting stone formation. Sometimes I think, these places are Mother Natures playgrounds. If she doesn’t want to play in this “sandbox”, she’ll play in another.
We didn’t make all the way back to the “Devils Garden”. There were just too many places to see along the road. And I’m not gonna post all the photos I’ve captured. Here are the 36 best photos I’ve shot in Arches National Park:
When we left Arches National Park, we drove to Cortez in Colorado, to rest for the night there.
… to be continued …