Who is getting the reward in this picture? The newborn hummingbird getting a meal? The hummingbird mom who just was rewarded with two little hatchlings? Or, me for having them perched just above my barbecue? I wasn’t able to barbecue at all that season because of the little babies. That was three years ago and now they have a nest in another tree by the spa.
I’ve stepped out several times to take a photo of the mother nesting but she is still too timid and immediately flies away. This time the nest is hidden on a heavily leafed branch and it’s more difficult to get a sharp picture of the mom nesting without the leaves taking away the focus. I think we can use the spa except that it’s still too cold.
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My husband has been crying for months for me to post a picture of the bats that hang around on the porch at night at our cabin; Ironworks. It’s not my fault. I just finally gave in to keep him from tormenting me further. This looks like mom, dad and the little one resting on dad or moms back. They are literally hanging at the peak of our porch ceiling. So, again, if I’ve creeped you out it’s not my fault. I have to live with him. You don’t. LOL
As we drove along the primitive road in our yellow convertible corvette, city slickers at their best, we realized that we were not going to make it to the Lodge as we reached the second creek wash. It was filled deep with water that would have reached mid way up the door on the car. We called the Lodge to let them know we would not be able to get to them. They quickly replied, “not to worry… we will pick you up”. We drove back into town and one of the ranch hands picked us up. Luggage in hand we arrived safely at Cherry Creek Lodge an hour or so later. The Lodge is beautifully wood studded and appointed with over-stuffed leather sofas and lounge chairs. The guest rooms are amply sized and also have that western ranch feel.
The setting of the lodge is in a canyon area north and east of Payson Arizona and near to Young Arizona. It’s quite a trip to get there but well worth the travel. We were greeted by our hosts, Sheri and Brent, and shown our cozy room. Earlier I shared an article about a newborn colt name Legacy who is being raised and trained by Brent.
We didn’t do any of the city slicker type activities as we needed a well deserved rest from activity. The whole purpose of the trip was just to get away from the turmoil of the city and work. And that we did. We did meet some very nice folks who helped for me to fulfill that dude ranch mode. Rafaella and Dorado are Italian’s living in southern France near Milan. They joined in the fun at Cherry Creek Lodge and Tilting H Ranch by taking a trail ride at least once a day and then participating in two cattle drives. I’ll be sharing some pictures of Rafaella and Dorado on their Cattle Drive soon.
My nerves were frayed to the limit when the hubby brought this baby snake into the house in his gloved hand. I’m in the dining room working on my blog as he places the snake near my face to introduce us. After a well deserved tantrum on my part, we took the snake back outdoors to release it. That’s when the little bugger (not the hubby) coiled up and attempted to do his first rattle. Hubby’s lucky that he picked the young critter up with a heavy-glove as it did turn out to be a rattler of sorts. My guess is it’s a Razorback.
The snake was actually much more translucent then shown below because if it’s age. The exposure was decreased so that you would be able to see the definition of snake. To see more of the Weekly Photo Challenge click HERE
It still surprises me that you can take a semi-descent picture with a smart phone from inside a commercial jet. This is from the skyline of Phoenix Arizona as we were approaching the landing strip. Of course, the captain was flying the plane. You would not have wanted me at the controls!!
This texture image was taken from a ceiling in an antiques store in Bisbee Arizona. It reminded me of a tar like substance sticking to the golden pipes.
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This next texture image from Bisbee Arizona is a street curb which had so much color and depth. It is one of my favorite shots.
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