Pump house at El Rancho Leon – can you see the pupa? There I go again, stalking pupating caterpillars. Well, one possible case of pupation, which I happened to come across yesterday, when I went to the shed to fetch the cooler. Indian blanket, Gaillardia pulchella Yesterday was a clear and sunny, but very windy […]Read more "Déjà vu all over again … free after Yogi Berra"
Eighteen years ago today, my father died. A fact I had actually forgotten, until my baby brother called me tonight. As I sit here and write about my father, I am also thinking about his brother in Marietta, Ohio, himself now 85 years old, who is having dinner with one of his daughters tonight, and […]Read more "Thinking of my late father – In Memoriam Hans Karl Arthur Kolshorn"
Just a quick word about my charming owl interlude of last week … I was sitting at the computer and had just finished reading about the new owlet hatched at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, when something thudded against the window to my left. Nothing there. Another, more gentle thud and low […]Read more "Easterly or Westerly Screeching"
Urocyon cinereoargenteus There we are, just sitting down for dinner, when movement catches my eye. Diagonally across the house, more or less, through one of our many windows, I see a gray fox hurry through the garden past the house. Then he or she stops, sniffs, paws and sniffs some more. Suddenly s/he grabs something […]Read more "Dinner Distraction"
MIZQUITL and NŌPALLIFirst view over the ‘Mesquite Flats’ area from the ridge bottom, El Rancho Leon Anyone not partial to green, kindly read some other blog today – it’s Green Day at El Rancho Leon! Not the shamrocky soft shoe kind of green, but a prickly, thorny, unkempt, wild kind of green. Specifically the neon green […]Read more "Gregariously Green"