Deserts and Beyond

Deserts and beyond...places in and around the southern California deserts and beyond. Photo taken at Canyon Lake, in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, December 2011. A few minutes later, after the sun disappeared, these cliffs were their normal color. They were only golden for a short time and I'm glad we were able to view them in their glory.






Sunday, May 18, 2014

I've been AWOL!

My goodness!  I didn't realize until today that I haven't posted in a MONTH!  With two other blogs, and one that I TRY to post on daily, I got behind!  My bad...

We took last weekend and drove to Rancho Bernardo (before the San Diego fires).  It was a nice weekend.  Friday night and Saturday morning, fog rolled in, but by Sunday, all was clear.  It's great being only 2 hours from the ocean.  We are planning on taking some time during the summer to return.  Our son and his family joined us and we had rooms across from one another.  The Residence Inn in Rancho Bernardo has a nice BBQ setup and table right next to the pool area, so we did a family BBQ for two nights.  Then, Saturday we drove out to a park at La Jolla and walked around.

The change of scenery was refreshing!   :-)





More flower pics and some birds that come to visit them...





We have finches, sparrows, hummingbirds, and even a family of grosbeaks (and many doves) come visit the bird feeders and flowers in the back yard.  I haven't seen the grosbeaks for a few days, so I don't know if they are still in our area, or whether they have moved on to their summer habitat.  Several hummingbirds come visit the feeders.  I actually have two feeders.  This morning, finches were feeding at them.  I need to go clean them out and put new solution, so I'll do that.  Oh, and you can see how tall the sunflowers were.  That's a 6' fence out back, along the dog run.

Flowers from my garden





My sweet peas did very well this year and my sunflowers have done well, too.  But, yesterday it was 107 degrees here and Friday it was 108 and I'm afraid that is THE END of my sweet peas.  They are all going to seed and drying out.  SUMMER IS HERE!  Today, however, it should be 10 degrees cooler.  I have quite a few sunflowers and when they are done, the finches come and enjoy them, so I just let them go.  I don't have a garden out front this year...not with the drought.  Oh, well...there's always next year.  I've been throwing our old coffee grounds on the sweet peas and they have responded by climbing almost 6 feet, along our dog run fence!  :-)