I Can’t Blog…

…because I have virtually no photos! It’s really hot so I barely even sit in my yard or go anywhere locally and we haven’t gone on any road trips in over a month. But we will soon…so here are just a few so I don’t get out of the blogging habit!

A new mural appeared on a building not far from my house and provided me a new header image.

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Macias and Pagac

Pretty cool. Also in my neighborhood is this old-fashioned barber shop that I kept noticing but never stopped to photograph until the other day:

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I made a new Facebook cover photo:

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And now a couple from my hot yard. The juicy oranges are a hit every day but especially on a sizzling day.

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That’s a juvenile Verdin, an Abert’s Towhee, and a Gila Woodpecker indulging. And from the Desert is Harsh series, I actually like this photo because of the shadow and don’t mean it to be gruesome. The lizard has a certain beauty, I think.

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And not quite so lovely, a staple of Arizona’s monsoon season, coming soon, is a Palo Verde Beetle. They don’t live long once they reach this stage after years as an underground larvae. They’re huge, up to 5 inches, but totally harmless, just kinda creepy.

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I haven’t seen much of the fairies that live in this little house since it got hot so things have been a little slow around here.

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Hope to be back soon with some lovely photos of the cool north country.

The Countdown

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I wasn’t going to get into the election because I don’t want to alienate anyone…but I changed my mind plus these are all the photos I have right now.

Both of these murals were done by local muralist Angel Diaz about voting against Maricopa County’s long-time, attention-grabbing, controversial Sheriff, Joe Arpaio. His opponent is ahead in the polls right now. Do you see the additional hidden message in the top mural? I didn’t notice it when I was there but see it now.

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I know tensions are running high on both sides so I won’t say much here. We voted early and dropped our ballots off at an early polling location a couple weeks ago.

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The Arizona Democratic Party has a sense of humor

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And they really had a taco truck there.

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Google’s PSA:

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You can probably guess who I’m voting for…

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At any rate, it will all be over in a couple days and we can get back to just the normal scary stuff like creepy clowns.

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Spooky

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This is the only actual Halloween shot I’ve taken this year. I thought the birds would be more responsive to getting a treat by doing a trick for me but…wrong. Just this guy, one time…at least while I was watching and waiting.

So I had to find some older photos that might seem a little spooky or creepy…hope you don’t get too scared.

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dsc_2426Lalo Cota mural

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lalo-cropped-squareLalo Cota painting

ants-dhr_edited-1Emerging from the depths of the earth…

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Boo!

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My Pretties

Queen

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Coming in for a landing…

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Total body contact. Those are 2 different Queen Butterflies, above.

DSC_1956Bee on Gaillardia

(Click to enlarge bee and see the golden pollen on its feet.)

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Dig It Urban Gardens and Nursery, a new central Phoenix nursery, where #2-4 above photos were taken. Cool mural.

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9.30.15 feederAnna’s Hummingbird, males

Mock 9.29.15Northern Mockingbird

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Finch 9.13.15House Finch, male

Skip 9.26.15Fiery Skipper

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Another Skipper, possibly a Clouded Skipper, there are just too many skipper types to positively ID.

Solar Birdhouse

A friend gave me this solar birdhouse. It looks very pretty at night, hope no birdies try to move in.

 

Pink

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A mural in the Melrose District of Phoenix.

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Someday I want my hair this color, at least part of it.

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My new purse that gives me extreme springtime joy and seems to affect others similarly.

Cross Earrings

My favorite earrings that I got last summer in Prescott, AZ at Newman Gallery. They are made by New Mexico artist Cindy Huff. Sterling silver with coral roses.

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Geraniums on our front porch. In a couple weeks, they will succumb to the summer heat but they’ve brought color and beauty for the last several months.

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Jessi’s new collar. Jessi is one of our outdoor cats who has now become an indoor cat. We love them all the same but it just became time for Jessi to be off the streets and she tested negative for all the bad kitty diseases. Marbles and Google are working at accepting her and vice versa.

Pink Spot

Delish ice cream and coffee served here.

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Sometimes it’s easier to do a blog post if you give yourself a little prompt.