mutt walkies

Walkie is too long to put in a measly 10 photos!

Marty, standing on building materials in the shed/hangar project!

Ochotillos in lovely leaf in my driveway turnaound.  They grow leaves like this when there is moisture, like the recent rains.  When it dries out, they drop the leaves and look pretty dead.  Not really, just water smart. 

A creosote bush by my drive, it, like the ochotillo takes advantage of available moisture.  Instead of losing and regrowing leaves, the creosote takes another shot a blooming! 

All three mutts ready to go! 

Kobe, taking advantage of a short break. TO SIT AND WAIT.

Another ochotillo on one of my hillsides. 

The vista from my property, looking west to the hills about 1 ½ miles away (about 2.42 Km).

Some ripe tunas on a paddle cactus. (Yes, that is the name of this sort of cactus fruit.)  They are very sweet and tasty but care is needed in harvest and handling due to many tiny hair fine spines..They make fantastic jelly. 

More tunas! 

Gus, pulling his famous, look really cute and then look away, the instant that the shutter clicks! 

Bunch of little white flowers!  They are all over the place. 

The same little white flowers, up close. 

Lovely blue and yellow flowers. 

This is a bloom of an inedible squash found in the area. 

The same bloom but more in context. 


A gorgeous green beetle. 

Here it is, climbing about on a small plant. 

Went out of my way to fund this Devil’s Claw.  I is so called due to its marginally edible fruit which becomes a seed pod.  As the pod dries, it splits and has two long looped “horns” that catch the feet of larger animals, including man.  That spreads the seeds far and wide. 

Junction of Ruiz Ave. and Karina St.  I used to drive around this corner.  Not any more.  Gee, I wonder WHY? 

More of these blue and yellow blossoms.



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These guys have been popping up all over, since the recent rains!

Kobe, ears swept back for speed, even if all that he does is walk, these days.

Gus is ready to go!

Marty, trying to decide whether walkie or shade at home is better!

A ripe tuna, ready to be picked and eaten!  Careful about the fine thorns on the outside of them, though.  I like to put them on a fork and singe the small spines off, then open them with a knife and scoop out the goodie inside with a spoon!

The beautiful feathery fronds of a Mesquite, hiding some of the desert’s toughest thorns!  These suckers will go right through sidewalls or steel belts on tires.

The macro lens makes these look larger than they are.  Maybe ¼ inch (about 6-7 mm) across.

Same story for these little yellow guys!

A nice batch of tasty tunas! (Yes, that is really what these cactus fruits are called.)

A creosote bush.  It has seed pods (the little round fuzzy things) from blooming after the previous rains.  The flowers are from recent rains.

More of these little blue guys with the yellow face tentacles.

Yellow squash blossom with a bee.

Another squash blossom.  These  squash are small, hard and inedible.

The washed out corner of Ruiz (my street, actually an Ave.) and Karina St., which is a main drag out here.  This happens a lot when your idea of making a road is to scrape the brush off the way and leave the dirt to drive on.

A whole carpet of those tiny yellow daisies.

That is about it for this WALKIE!  Hope that you enjoyed it as much as I did!

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1 . I was going to get those fluffy green plants.  Kobe rushed in and photobombed the shot.

2 . The fluffy green plants.  There is a little of Kobe in this one too.

3 . This road is a TENSY BIT washed out.  From the level of the edge at the back of the hole, to the bottom is about 4 feet (1.2 meters).

4 . Another ITSY BITSY pothole!  It is roughly 2.5 feet deep (.about .75 meters).

5 . Both Marty and Gus are lurking in the shadows of this brush.  Almost as good as “Where’s Waldo?”

6 . Chilicothe bushes.  These get biggish seed pods that dry out and make like rattles.

7 . Close up of a Chilicothe pod.  Like so many desert plants, SPIKES all over!

8 . Here is the one that I have jokingly called the “Christmas Cactus.”  The red fruits are actually edible.  Small but edible.  The thorns defending them are long and sharp!

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One Walkie with Mutts and flowers!

Marty with Kobe photobombing.

Kobe with Marty photobombing!  I wish that I knew what they were looking at so hard to avoid looking at the camera.

Here are the first flowers.  Not even out of the yard yet!

Gus.  He looks so pleased to be going on walke!

There are quite a few of these little guy around.  It is ALMOST ¼ inch across (about 6 mm).  It rained last night.  Can you tell by looking at the soil?

Here is a whole branch/runner of them.

A cluster of little white daisies.  There are all over, too.

Kobe found a spot to lay down while I shot flowers.

Gus, checking back from “helping rabbits get exercise!”

These big locusts are starting to come out in force.

Same locust in a side view.  He is about 1.5 inches long (about 3.8 cm).

More little yellow flowers.  Whatever they are,they are not daisies.

These are daisies.

A big cluster of these blue ones with yellow stamens.

Speaking of BLUE ones, catch these!  I have never seen this kind before the other day when I did not have my camera along!  I was lucky to find them again!

Here is another.

This cute little cup is only about 1/8th inch across (about 3mm).

These bugs are all over the place.  They must taste awful.  They are big, easy to see and slow!  I can’t account for their survival any other way!

This is called a ‘Devil’s Claw.”  This plant is about three feet end to end (about a meter).  They produce big seed pods with long hooks that dry out and fall from the plant.  They catch a ride on the ankles of passing animals and scatter the seeds that way.

That is about it for this walkie.  I Hope that you enjoyed! 

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