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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Monday we wanted a walk, but not go far from home, so we took our adventure to the open desert near us. That decision paid off. We were walking around, and could hear emergency sirens coming closer (we have a hospital not far from us). All of the sudden we heard a couple of howls, and I thought someone must be walking their dogs on the other side of the knoll. Then the howls became yap yap yap. DH and I looked at each other, and said "Coyotes". We walked up, and over the knoll and saw two youngish Coyotes just protesting all the noise. They didn't see us for awhile because we kept our distance. I had the zoom lens on my camera as far as it would go, and I was shooting towards the sun so the pictures are not crystal clear. Once they saw we were standing, and watching them, they started heading for the wash that goes under a bridge, and then leads to the hills. They were so cute!

Right after they left DH saw a Roadrunner, which he thought was funny.
We saw a few California Towhees flying around.

There is an underground wash on the south side of the field. Therefore, these trees always stay green.

This is part of the wash too. I like the Joshua tree. The rocky area is where the Coyotes disappeared, and went to the other side.

Two last shots of the desert before we got into the car.

After we got back home I spotted new Sunflowers that opened up.

Yesterday we went to a different area for our walk. We took Sarge and Alice with us. I like the Juniper Trees out there. They are so big. I found these two Junipers, that grew side by side interesting. One was loaded with blue seeds, and the other tree was bare. Most of the Junipers did have the seeds.

There were some Dusky Flycatchers at the top of a few Junipers. We have had a few hanging around our yard as well. I hope to get a better picture of them they are cute little birds. Very hard to photograph though.

Joshua Trees. In the background is Lake Palmdale. It's a mad made lake, but still pretty.

Alice and Sarge

Note: Alice and Sarge never leave our side. That's why we let them off leash, but only in the open desert. Never in a public place.

We drove over to the park and ride, next to the lake. You can get a better view of the lake there. One of the docks. There was a Duck in the background, but you probably won't be able to see it.

Today my DD did my nails, so I was gone in the afternoon. DH went to water our Sunflowers, and Tomato bushes, when he spotted two Lesser Goldfinch hopping around the garden. One flew off, but the other one flew up on the fence.

Then a female Anna's Hummingbird flew into the garden. She was checking out the Sunflowers. Then it flew over to the fence and landed. DH said is seemed like she was posing for him.

Two more Sunflowers opened up today, so he took a picture of them.

Have a good Thurs.

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  • PSMITH3841
    What a nice walk, I enjoy taking a stroll with you guys! emoticon
    2069 days ago
    Stunning photos, as usual! emoticon The coyote shots are amazing. We hear coyotes near our back creek & sometimes in the pasture. Despite a fenced yard, I never let my dogs out after dark unless I go with them. A neighbor's Scottie had a close encounter with a coyote --in their yard in broad daylight.

    I'm enjoying the pix of 'em much more than the real thing! emoticon Tummy rubs to Sarge & Alice!
    2071 days ago
    I do so love your pictures! I've never seen coyotes up close and personal. Poor babies, I know those sirens hurt their delicate ears! They are pretty! The California Towhee is an attractive bird. We get visits from a species ( can't remember which) in the Winter. Love the Joshua trees, too. I was to the LA area when I was a child and remember seeing them on one of our drives. So different!
    Your sunflowers are doing nicely! In your pictures, the Joshua tree in front of Lake Palmdale, I just love the windmill! Of course, all that alternative energy started out there, but I was pleasantly surprised when we were in Pa. for the 4th of July that there were quite a few along the ridge of the mountain!
    Oh!!! I DO love seeing Alice and Sarge!!! They are just the most beautiful fur babies!!!! I just want to cuddle up with them!!!
    You're right....can't see that duck, but my eyes just aren't what they ysed to be either!
    You DH takes some great pics, too! Love the Lesser Finch and the hummngbird! The new sunflowers look so bright and cheery, too!!
    Be well, my friend! emoticon
    2073 days ago
    Thank you for sharing the pictures of your walk. I saw the Joshua Trees when I went down to Antelope Valley last summer to help my son move back to Washington. They are sure interesting.
    2073 days ago
    Lovely photos !! Just loved seeing the coyoties .. they are much like our dingo's .. Loved the joshua trees and the lovely sunflowers and birds .. Thanks for sharing Jeannie !!
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    2073 days ago
    As always, lovely photos. I really love the sunflowers. We can never let Rex off a leash as he would be gone in an instant! All four want to chase squirrels, rabbits, etc. The birds frighten them. We won't let them go after the other animals. What did DD do with your nails? Are they as pretty as the last photo you posted of her work?

    2073 days ago
    WOW-coyotes!! emoticon What a lucky experience to see them and glad to see they aren't aggressive! We used to hear them out in the country where we lived in Ohio and have seem them dash across the road a time or two.
    Such great photos as usual-you always have great adventures with DH, and your doggies!!

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    2073 days ago
    Hummingbirds coyotes and Sarge and Alice what a lovely set of photos !
    2073 days ago
    What great pictures - thank you for sharing.

    The coyotes are cute

    2073 days ago
    I just discovered you weren't my Spark Friend. How did that happen?! Fixed it.

    So lucky to get so close to those coyotes! They're young, inexperienced, or I doubt you could have gotten that close. Great pictures!

    And now I know where you live, so I'll stop by for a coffee when I make my next big road trip that way. Which hopefully will be in November -- at least I've got one planned.
    2073 days ago
    Wow! What awesome pictures. Thank you for sharing
    2073 days ago
    Hee hee - roadrunner and coyotes - I like that! Speaking of coyotes - did you see that video of the coyote yapping at the cougar? That was in my sister's back yard (literally - her back yeard is on Whiting Ranch). We have tons of goldfinches in our yard now, due to the large finch flocker my hubby hung up. We love watching them.
    2073 days ago
    I love the coyotes. Their "call" sends chills down my back. So plaintive!
    Great blog as usual!!!
    2073 days ago
    The coyotes are adorable! I know many people in our area do everything they can to get rid of coyotes on their property - farmers, ranchers, etc - but I love to see them. Thanks for sharing!
    2073 days ago
    Looks like the dogs had had it! Those coyote pictures were great. Loved them all. emoticon
    2074 days ago
    Wow, what beautiful picture & I agree, those coyotes are adorable. But I love your pups too. Great pictures. Thanks for sharing!
    2074 days ago
    Thank you for your wonderful Coyote pictures!!!! We have them near our house, too, but NEVER SEE THEM!
    Really amazing to see your nature walk photos!
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    2074 days ago
    Another fun adventure I went on with you. I love the bright sunflowers and the Jausuah trees are really interesting to look at. You have some butiful birds at your end of the world. Did the road runner get caught by one of the cyotes? lol
    2074 days ago
    Wow, you had plenty to keep you busy with your pictures. Love the coyotes, good thing Sarge and Alice didn't get out there with them! How did your nails turn out?
    2074 days ago
    Great shots of the coyotes! I used to ride horses deep into the desert and saw many, they are curious when seeing horses with something on them. I love the desert and miss getting out there now that I am wheelchair bound! That I why I love to come here and see it through your lens!
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    2074 days ago
    Loved the pictures of the coyotes and birds. My favorites are the sunflowers. What a beautiful day, and a beautiful walk! Thanks for sharing! emoticon
    2074 days ago
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