The Long Hot Summer

24 and Cback Park

That’s my backyard..okay, not really. It’s a little greenbelt area not too far from where I live; I think it really belongs to some office complexes but it’s like a little park…that no one goes to.

Mesquite Tangle

It’s got some mature mesquite trees and I like their twisty limbs.

Mesquite Tangle 4

Mesquite Tangle 5

Mesquite Tangle 3

Mesquite Tangle 2

I’ve written about this place before, years ago (1 and 2). A lot of the trees have been cut way back since then but they’re still hanging in there.


Meanwhile, back at the old ranch (home) a couple miles away, the birds are still loving our mesquite tree, not nearly as big as the ones above.

Anna's 3 6.30.16

Anna's 2 6.30.16

Hum 2 7.6.16Anna’s Hummingbird, males

Hum 2 Tail

See the 2 little tail feathers on this one? I don’t know if they’re growing in or if he lost part of his tail feathers somehow.

And here is a Dove of Peace, what we need right now:

ECDove PerchEurasian Collared-Dove

Grackle GirlGreat-tailed Grackle, female

Grackle Boy 2Great-tailed Grackle, male

Mr and Mrs Grackle

Towhee JuviAbert’s Towhee, juvenile

Thrasher HotCurve-billed Thrasher, juvenile

The poor birds walk around with their bills open all the time because of the unrelenting heat.

Mock PoolNorthern Mockingbird

But that’s not the only reason it’s a long hot summer…

Killing Flag with blood splatter

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4 thoughts on “The Long Hot Summer

  1. My goodness, Candace, that tree is amazing. As lumpy and twisted as it is, I see something VERY graceful about it, and you really have photographed it so beautifully.

    I feel sorry for all of your beautiful feathered friends, and I surely hope they (and you!) get some relief soon.

    I also hope that we see a very quick end to the events that have unfolded over the past few weeks. For the first time in my life, I feel quite scared about what the future holds.

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  2. Your photos brought back many good memories of camping back in desert canyons near mesquite trees and using their discarded old branches for excellent cooking fires in summer and heating fires in winter.

    I also feel sorry for the birds when it’s really hot. The birds in my yard use the big bird bath often when it’s hot and the eagles across the river actually go out and sit in the water near shore.

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  3. The twisty limbs of rhe mesquite trees are very interesting. The birds that are staying there in heat desedrve to have their backs open. Nice post in this hot weather.

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