Take a hike! (with me)

By: calpoppy , 4:35 PM GMT on April 08, 2014

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Come take a hike with me! The flowers are blooming it still is nice weather, not to hot or to cold. But watch your step you don’t want to step on a flower!

Shall we go west first, and maybe take the second draw, the one I now call Caterpillar draw. Do you see why, there are actually hundreds of these tents all over the Desert Almond plants. They are in the process of metaphoring (is that a word) right now. No pretty butterflies from them just moths.





Now going down this hill either keep you feet flat to go straight down so you get as much traction from your hiking boots as possible, or as we prefer go down at an angle and dig the edge of your foot into the hillside. That will keep you upright.



There is an old fire road up ahead, let’s take that and go over to the next draw!

Let’s check out the flowers!

Cream Cup, my favorite!



Beadpod, phalecia and tidy tips



Phalecia



Layia or tidy tips



Grape Soda Lupine



Golden Bush



Bigelow's Coreopsis



San Gabriels and Beadpod






So why are there so many flowers out here when we have been in a drought for 3 years? In my opinion the small rain and snow showers we received in December followed by the mild winter temps, brought them on, No added competition this year with annual grasses. The rain we had this spring just caused even more germination of the wildflowers, so the show goes on.

Here is something interesting!



That will become this!



A desert Hyacinth!

We are on top of a ridge overlooking the flats. There is civilization to the west!



Water on one side, no water on the other. Guess where I live, LOL!

Now if you aren’t tired let us go over to the east across the creek! Need to get a drink first.



Lots of California Junipers over here. It hasn’t burned like the areas to the west of us has. Not has many wildflowers either. Many wildflowers in California come up after a burn, part of their evolution with wildfires.



Yucca bud.




A lot of the flowers out here are bellyflowers. That is flowers that are better appreciated when you are on your belly. Small, but some years they cover the ground for quite the show.

Bigelow's Monkeyflower



The predominate flowers out here are the Bigelow’s Coreopsis, Phaelicias (there are a few different types), Layia or Tidy Tips, the tiny poppy and Chia. 3 different types of lupine, Bajada, Arizona and Grapesoda.


I hope you enjoyed your hike with me, I know TNT did! Let’s have a glass of iced tea and sit on the patio and watch the birds ☺


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88. PugetSoundPost
1:56 PM GMT on May 07, 2014
Hi! Are you going to photo-document the progress of the hummer nest? I would love to see one with the tiny eggs. We have our year 'round hummers here, just a few in the yard - nothing like WTS! but nary a nest to be seen, and actually I wouldn't even know really where to look for one or where they like to set up house. Hopefully the one you found is not on that slippery slope! Take care as you patrol your back forty!
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87. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
1:50 PM GMT on May 07, 2014
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86. WeatherWise
1:08 AM GMT on May 07, 2014
Tent worms! Yes, we have them in our area!

Good tips for walking down hill without falling, never thought of preventive measures like that. Just thought some folks could do and some could not!

Your flowers are lovely - I like each and everyone!

The pups look like they are enjoying the water and am guessing you live on the side that has no water? Yes?

Really cute bunnies in your comment section and did I see something about you falling?

How exciting for you to find the hummingbird nest with eggs even and down low where you could actually see inside it. I would love to spot my hummer's nest but never have. I suspect it might be in the pine tree. My neighbor said she saw one humner while I was away. Time to get my feeders out.

The May flowers are quite lovely here!


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85. clearlakemike
6:10 PM GMT on May 06, 2014
The dog eats the grasses out along the driveway and I have noticed the cats eating them sometimes too. They did have lemon grass at the health food store but wan't sure if it was juice-able or desirable. We are growing red peppers out on the lanai currently and can probably grow some flats of wheat grass also. Still waiting for the watermelon ship to arrive...cantaloupes again but it makes a delicious juice also.
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84. GardenGrrl
10:09 AM GMT on May 06, 2014
Ouch, ouch, ouch. Remember how we used to be so proud of skinned knees waaay back when? Guess it is still a sign we have been out doing something interesting. Hope your scrapes and bruises heal up fine.
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83. sandiquiz
5:15 AM GMT on May 06, 2014
Oh, Poppy, I am sorry you fell.....hope you are not too bruised today. I use arnica for bruises...but not on open wounds or grazes, as it stings horribly!
The comment you left on my blog about 'one for you and twenty for the customers made me smile..:-)

Get better soon, and please 'watch where you are stepping' !
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82. WatchinTheSky
3:06 AM GMT on May 06, 2014
Oh no! It is usually slippery when wet! Hope there are no lingering aches :D You must be preparing for the big storm tomorrow. First almost a week in the 90s, now 60s and rain? Well, maybe not rain ;D
I swapped a couple hummer only feeders for oriole feeders since there are so many and they like that corner of the yard.
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81. ozgalah
12:02 AM GMT on May 06, 2014
Hi Cal hope you are not too sore from your tumble! Your green bugs look a bit like our crusader bugs, they love my mulberries and I have to be careful if I eat the berries straight from the tree! My H has three Joshua trees growing from seed.....will see how they progress!
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80. calpoppy
3:54 PM GMT on May 05, 2014
Came back from our hike a little on the bloody side! The soil where we usually go in the morning hike, has some clay in it and when it dries it is hard and slippery. I was on the edge of an area where water has created quite the ditch. I stopped to recall the pups with the whistle, took a step and didn't watch where I was going, slipped on the edge of the ditch and was airborne! Scraped left knee, scraped left palm and scraped right elbow. Plus wearing shorts today, oh well. Nothing broke just a little bloodied and bruised. Oh, the pups did come back beautifully!

I discovered a hummer nest on the way back from my mishap. Two eggs in a rather low shrub. Pretty cool, plus for nature nerds, more mason bees, hundreds of them. This time they were making nests. Quite interesting a whole east side of this hill was covered with holes, and you could see the soil mounded in front of the new nests. The sound of all those bees was something to hear!!!

Hi Briar! For sure if we go to John Day I will be in contact with you. It would be a fun WU meet up :)) I hope your rice paddy gives way to dry soil soon. Planting time is soon approaching for you. I wonder what our next winter will be like with a possible El Nino.
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79. BriarCraft
10:33 PM GMT on May 04, 2014
We are trying to decide where to go in September. Rocky Mountain National Park or John Day Fossil beds national monument where the painted hills are. But for right now we are staying home for awhile.

If you decide on John Day Fossil Beds, let me know. According to Yahoo Maps, it's only a 5 hour drive from here and it's on my Bucket List.

Gotta go check out your photos up close now. I see some interesting ones...
Oh-oh! I just discovered WUclassic doesn't show all your recent photos. And I can't find your Stink Bugs anywhere (other than here, of course).
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78. calpoppy
6:48 PM GMT on May 04, 2014
Hi PSP! I wouldn't mind temps in the 90's if only for a couple of days!! We are expecting quite a cool down on Tuesday with the high of 67 degrees. Actually our weather has not been bad, breezy and warm but still able to hike and work out in it, at least for now. I sure hope Mr. PSP get out from under his stack of tasks!!!

HI Bug! I think right now you are having a family get together, I hope there is lots of good southern food to munch on!!

My allergies have progressed to the point where I get use to certain meds, like prescription nasal sprays, and now even Zyrtech is not being any help at all. I almost never get allergies in the spring as my main allergen is Ragweed which blooms in the fall. But something sure is out there, though the last couple of days it has come and gone, so maybe things are clearing up out there! I need to remember honey, just maybe that would work!!! I will have to run up to the Farmer's Market in the mountains, I have a friend whose husband keeps bees and sells the honey up there. I hope he is still in business, the last time we talked bears have been destroying his hives.

I thought they were shaped like stink bugs!

HI WTS! Thanks for the latin name!!! I haven't seen these bugs before, but every year is different. One year we were swamped with leaf footed plant bugs!! They would come in massive swarms and chew on the Juniper berries. There were so many of them, you could hear them munching!!!!

Glad you got the sungolds, if you find the chocolate cherry tomatoes I highly recommend them also. If there is an Armstrong Nursery by you I know they carry them. They were one of my vendors when I was a garden manager.

Hi MIke! Your cats will love the wheat grass, that is what they call cat grass at pet stores, LOL! Maybe a flat for you and a flat for the cats. We grow it for our dogs in small bowls, have been for years. It is good for them.

I am getting use to the taste and it isn't so bad anymore. It just is so nice to have more of a green drink then almost all carrots and fruits.

I finished my one re-finishing project, it came out so cool! Now I sanded the other end table (neither piece matches except they are both mission style) and will paint part of it this afternoon. After I finish that piece, then I will do the headboard to our bed, so they all match in the stain. I might be stylin' here, LOL! Instead of eclectic grouping of his, mine and ours furniture :)

Guineas have no more eggs! Something eat them last night (insert coyote in there). I am sure it won't be the last of the egg laying. They layed their eggs up where the coyotes normally go through, the yotes like the dry creek beds and those eggs were very close to it.

I promise a new blog, Tuesday, for sure, absolutely, positively for sure, LOL!


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77. clearlakemike
4:56 PM GMT on May 04, 2014
Went to the health food store in Kona, calpoppy, to see if they sold wheatgrass but no luck. They have some for their juicing but don't sell the grass itself. Probably, will see if I can grow a flat or two myself out on my lanai. Hopefully, the cats won't mistake it for cat nip.
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76. WatchinTheSky
4:37 PM GMT on May 04, 2014
Mojave Desert Bug - Chlorochroa sayi, right down to the dark patch at back end - or as bug said 'stink bug'! Though that is nothing like the stink bugs I grew up with (darkling beetles Eleodes sp., with their butt in the air)!
Finished out the tomato garden yesterday, finally found some sun golds, yay! Ooooh, new blog, maybe I'll be Last! :D
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75. palmettobug53
5:51 PM GMT on May 03, 2014
Happy May, Cal! Belated white rabbits!

ICK

Stinkbugs!

Sorry to hear you've been having allergy woes. That was me last spring. This year, though I got a bit stuffy, I came through like a trooper, thanks to zyrtec, saline nasal washes, my prescription nose spray and, perhaps, that daily dose of local honey for the last 9 months or so.

I'm hitting the ibuprofen pretty hard today. Many sore muscles. Muscles I didn't even know I had. Did some heavy duty yard work yesterday.
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74. PugetSoundPost
5:09 PM GMT on May 03, 2014
Hi! Our heat wave has passed. :( We hit 91 a couple of days ago! You'd think it was California! But now the overcast is back and MUCH cooler, with rain looming soon and for the next many days. Most of this past week was pretty nice and I was able to get a lot done outside - weeding, trimming up underbrush, and more excitedly, planting flowers here and there in the yard and in pots on the deck. Speaking of decks, no, we still have not done a thing on the new part. Just one year ago this weekend we were taking the old big section down. Later all of the new materials were delivered to us, unfortunately. Currently it is all wrapped up in tarps under an overhang awaiting someone to work on it. Life just didn't work out for it since then, but we have some hopes of getting started maybe in the nearish future. Mr PSP has been swamped on many fronts and still has a few things to come out from under first.

Your desert flower photos are fun and so very different from around here. They are interesting to look at - they put up a brave front against tough odds with so little water - but they manage!
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73. calpoppy
3:51 PM GMT on May 03, 2014
More wildflower pics before I change the blog!

Mariposa lily in the Cal. Juniper



Mariposa lily and Parry's Rock Pink



Mariposa Lilies



What am I??



A hatch going on!



Hi Sandi! Flickr can be very time consuming! A pic a day doesn't sound to bad until you do it everyday, LOL!

Hi SP! Yup, your victims spring from them!! They are on the wishbone plants here, and many of them!!!

The grandpuppy is adorable, I will see him on Mother's Day! You are just to hot for me, and no there is no difference between 97 and 94, LOL!!!
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72. sp34n119w
6:05 PM GMT on May 02, 2014
Are these the caterpillars from which spring my victims?

I did see them on the trails and they were all over this lupine (I think it is), munching away! At least I didn't step on any and so avoided adding to my slaughter totals, lol
I brought the pic here, instead of my own blog, so that I could add ...

I saw a Matilija poppy in massive bloom up in Ojai last week. Yours is beautiful! Along with all the other wildflowers. Makes me want to make another trip before it's too late, but I don't think I'll be able to. Thank goodness for you and wu.
I don't think I came back to say how adorable the grand-puppy is - he is! :)
That odd bird sighting is pretty cool. I imagine that drought pushes many birds in new directions, so maybe that's why it's out of place?
You're already nearing 80 degrees so I guess you will finally get some of the heat. Supposed to be cooler here today but I dunno ... is there really that much difference between 94 and 97?!

Good luck with the Guineas ;)
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71. sandiquiz
3:58 PM GMT on May 02, 2014
Hi Poppy,
Hope you had a happy May Day. Sorry I didn't get around with my White Rabbit greeting...life was just too busy the last few days, but luckily things have settled down again now.

Happy month of May:-)
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70. calpoppy
2:11 PM GMT on May 02, 2014
Thanks Briar!!

The horrors of all horrors, the Guineas have a nest, WITH EGGS!!!!!! Up at our neighbors property. This time I will collect the little monsters and brood them ourselves. So no death by peacock! Then I will sell them, give them away, place them on people's property, you get the drift, LOL!
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69. BriarCraft
8:36 PM GMT on May 01, 2014
Happy May Day!

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68. calpoppy
7:48 PM GMT on May 01, 2014


Happy May everyone!!

Hi GG! The hot weather will be here soon enough! We have to figure out our afternoon hikes, as TNT do not like the heat! And it really isn't EVEN hot right now. So maybe longer morning hikes and short late afternoon hikes.

Hi WTS! Our ravens are foodies, LOL! No painting in the Minnie!!! You forget this is the desert, we desert people always have either many non-working vehicles and or many trailers, LOL! We don't have any non-working vehicles but we do have an old stationary trailer!!! Part of our desert culture, that and lots of rusty things that become art!!
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67. WatchinTheSky
4:51 PM GMT on May 01, 2014
You're saying the ravens had cilantro infused ground squirrel??!! A step up from the usual, I would guess LOL. Lots of wind here as well, only it's downsloping hot Santa Ana wind - oh well.
Hope you are keeping a window or 5 open in Minnie Winnie while wood finishing ;D

Happy May and a speedy recovery for the garden!
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66. GardenGrrl
4:04 PM GMT on May 01, 2014
White Rabbits x3! It will be a busy month before the hot sets in so hope you get all your projects done and have great fun doing them.
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65. calpoppy
3:44 PM GMT on May 01, 2014
Hi Oldnewmex! Thanks for stopping by and taking a hike with me!

Hi Ylee! 3 White Rabbits right back attcha!!!
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64. Ylee
2:07 PM GMT on May 01, 2014
White rabbits x 3, cal! Hope you have a nice May, with no ground rats! ;' )
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63. oldnewmex
3:49 PM GMT on April 30, 2014
Hi calpoppy,
I just discovered your blog. Thanks for the wildflower walk!
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62. calpoppy
3:44 PM GMT on April 30, 2014
I will take your two cents, Ylee! We aren't sure when we will go, money will determine when, LOL!

It has been very windy here the last, well the last week and a half! Not Santa Ana's as we are above the passes, so just our normal spring wind. It is so nice to have the stationary trailer to work on my furniture refinishing! So my stationary trailer, AKA artists studio, AKA wheatgrass operation, AKA guest house is working out very well. Spent a pleasant hour in their listening to the wind and the Brewer's Blackbirds while painting the legs of the night stand. Today I stain the top. It is mission style, which has many areas to paint.

We have a ground squirrel population EXPLOSION! There are babies everywhere!! I have declared war, TNT can only get so many. They got in my garden and ate my cilantro, no one messes with my cilantro!! So I got my electric trap out, the rat zapper and zapped that ground squirrel. The ravens ate hearty yesterday!

New blog sometime this week, more then likely towards the end of the week. It will be about Goff's.

Oh, wildflower report. Flowers still blooming, though whole hillsides have gone to seed. They have been blooming since the end of February, so quite a long bloom cycle!! Right now the Fremont pincushions have gone crazy and the Tidy Tips seemed to have new life, plus the Mariposa Lilies are really coming on strong. Yuccas are blooming and still coming up with their huge bloom stalks. I will sure miss all the color when it is gone :(
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61. Ylee
9:12 PM GMT on April 29, 2014
If your trip is early Sept., I'd go Rocky Mountain, but if it's late Sept., then maybe John Day, as there may be snow closing roads in Colorado late in the month! Just my two pennies! :' )
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60. calpoppy
1:40 PM GMT on April 28, 2014
Hi Sandi! Yes, this color is much better then the first. So many colors to choose from

Hi Briar! Snow this time of year happens more often then people think. Higher elevations are subject to snow in spring. When I lived in the mountains having snow on Mother's Day seemed to be routine. Snow on Memorial Day, snow on Father's Day!

I don't mind the jobs right now. I think the longer I am retired the more people will forget about me, and I don't advertise. So I will take the jobs now, the money is good, and I am working with a nice hardware/nursery in the mountains that go through the same vendors I used to. It actually is more relaxing for me, as I am not as rushed as I was when I was working full time.

We are trying to decide where to go in September. Rocky Mountain National Park or John Day Fossil beds national monument where the painted hills are. But for right now we are staying home for awhile.

I sure hope you get to see the Sandhill cranes!!!!!

Hi Ylee! Could be border collie, but he is really small and very long. But the face is like a border collie. The vet didn't know or wouldn't try to guess :)

Hi Mike! I LOVE my Matilija! It has really gone crazy. I like this changing colors on my blog, it is very cool and sooooo easy to do!

I saw the strangest bird on my way home from my landscape job yesterday. Size of a raven, white head, white breast, dark wings. Head was rather small but definitely had a raptor look about it. Up on a telephone pole. Looked it up and the only one that matches it is a swallow tail kite that isn't suppose to be out here. The white tail kite which is all over so cal comes close except for the size and the wings on the bird I saw were all black. But the all important tail I did not see, darn. A very striking bird!!
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59. clearlakemike
5:42 PM GMT on April 27, 2014
Very desert-y background color now...good framing for the photos. Enjoy seeing the Matilija poppy. I had enjoyed seeing them in bloom in the Huntington Library parking lot last year about this time while trying to remember and find where I parked my rental car.
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58. Ylee
4:17 AM GMT on April 27, 2014
I see you have a hex# for your background color, but if I'd name it, it would be light salmon! :' )

Barnaby is a cute pup! looks like it has border collie in it, don't you think?

Don't know about you, but I'm done with snow! :' )
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57. BriarCraft
12:34 AM GMT on April 27, 2014
Snow on the 26th of April?! Yikes. That can't be normal. True, 0.004 inches is no more than a light dusting, but still.

So are you looking forward to your couple of consulting jobs? Or wishing you hadn't agreed? After I retired, I initially agreed to do some consulting work for a San Diego client who followed me here to Toledo, but after about six months and they started calling me with every little question, I said enough! I'm supposed to be retired. Haven't regretted that for a minute.

What with consulting jobs, trailer warranty work, and furniture refinishing, it looks like you're planning on sticking around home for awhile. I'm going to do a photo daytrip as soon as the weather decides to cooperate. I'm still hoping to "shoot" some sandhill cranes before their babies grow up and they fly somewhere else.
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56. sandiquiz
9:53 PM GMT on April 26, 2014
Quoting 55. calpoppy:

It was a little much, LOL! So I hope this is better!!

Much easier on the eyes...a very classy colour:-)
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55. calpoppy
7:18 PM GMT on April 26, 2014
It was a little much, LOL! So I hope this is better!!
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54. sandiquiz
7:01 PM GMT on April 26, 2014
Wow....this looks as though it has been in the sun for a day without sun lotion!! Lol
On my IPad it is difficult to see the blue writing against such a strong colour.....

Glad I could help, anyway .:-). The link Ylee gives in #13 shows all the codes for the colours.
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53. calpoppy
6:21 PM GMT on April 26, 2014
I did it, I did it, yahoooo!! Not sure if I like it this dark, but I will wait awhile before I change it!! Thank you Sandi for your screen shot, it worked for me!!!

Hi GG! Sounds like you are up to your ears in getting things in order. New carpeting would do that!! My retirement got me going on re-organizing!!

Hi WW! Beautiful shot of that beautiful bird!!!! Thanks for commenting on my poppy field pic, I didn't even know I had gotten an AC! Not the greatest day out in the poppy park, but enjoyable none the less.

HI BFH! We are taking the Minnie in for service in May. There are a few things that need to be looked at while it is under warranty. The grey water and the black water sensors are screwed up. Plus a few minor things.

Hi Bug! You got in while I was changing colors!! Isn't he adorable, and he has the personality to match!

I have been busy lately and suffering terribly with allergies. I usually never get spring allergies but here they are in full swing. I even get an allergy shot every year and take zyrtec, but now my only friend is advil congestion relief, LOL! And that just makes me feel a little lethargic.

It really is easy to change the color of your background and I am sure just as easy to change text color. Go to Sandi's blog and she has a screen shot of what to do. Lots of colors to pick from, that site is linked on Ylee's blog.

My wheatgrass operation is going very well, grass is growing fast and I just did another flat yesterday. two more days and we should be ingesting wheat grass juice. Sounds appetizing doesn't it, LOL!

My visit to the poppy fields of Lancaster was a mixed bag. Pretty in some spots and well spotty in others, LOL! But a nice day to be out amongst the flowers. I bought Brody a stuffed California Quail, when you press it, it makes quail noises. A t-shirt of poppies and lupines and a hat. Not bad photos but even my AC isn't that great, but I do appreciate the approvers!!!!!

Refinishing some night stands, they will be stained on top and the legs will be painted. I have two landscape jobs going up in the mountains. We caught the plant shipment that was going up to the site in the nick of time, as they now have 2 inches of snow. But that more then likely will be gone by this afternoon. So tomorrow will be the delivery. We had just a tad of snow, and .004 inches of rain last night. Cold this morning 36 degrees with a wind chill of 31, glad I hadn't put my warm coat away yet!

Been having fun with paperbackswap.com, people are nice and lots of good books on there.

Have a great weekend!!!
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52. palmettobug53
5:57 PM GMT on April 26, 2014
What an adorable pup, Cal. Bless his little heart.

More pretty desert flowers! That Matilija poppy really catches my eye.
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51. BFH
3:21 PM GMT on April 24, 2014
WW, Did you obtain a "model's release", in writing, before disseminating that photo. Wouldn't want you to be subject to a lawsuit on behalf of an offended bird... ; < )

It is a great picture!
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50. WeatherWise
1:59 PM GMT on April 24, 2014
Hi Calpoppy, Hope you are having a beautiful week and spotting many birds on your daily walks. I have had a most exciting time this week - spotting the Red-Headed Woodpecker with my granddaughters. It's been a Happy Birding Week - a self declared holiday to celebrate. I have posted several shots on WU and even received ACs on two.



Happy Birding Week!





I think this woodpecker at Pickwick Landing State Patk, TN perhaps likes us as it has come down to us on each visit. Perhaps it is our food we are feeding the ducks or the fact we stay close by all morning or afternoon when we go.
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49. GardenGrrl
10:08 PM GMT on April 23, 2014
Woo-hoo, just looked out my window and saw a white crowned sparrow. have not had them around here for quite awhile.
We have hit 90f today so my bird bath is very popular right now.

Guess spring is officially here with the ceremonial dusting and tossing of things. Seeing how we are all really busy and I don't plan on a new blog soon, I'll do some time saving for us all and cut and paste this to most peoples blogs.

Don't worrying about stopping by my blog porch until a new one is up.

Think I will consolidate visits until it gets too hot to play outside again,,,,in about a month. The new carpet arrives tomorrow (Thursday). Been busy piling the closets high with stuff. Sorting some things to go. Will do a more thorough sort putting things back.
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48. calpoppy
4:29 PM GMT on April 22, 2014
Hi Briar! I am soooo glad you are still coming to talk with us on WU! Though I do miss your blog here, I understand your decision for right now.

Yes, animals can surprise us with their ability to understand the limitations of others. Tess was great with Barnaby, but poor Tagg just doesn't know what to do. Do I play or do I growl at that furry thing. Tagg was good, just standoffish!

Hi GG! There needs to be more happy endings for animals, they do often get the short stick :(

The Mason bees were cool, I went over there this morning and they are still coming up. Lots and lots of small holes in the ground over across the creek.

I took a few more pictures of wildflowers. More Mariposas, they are popping up everywhere. When they sprout in another bush they are of course tall, but when they are by themselves they are quite short.





These flowers I am not sure of. They look very much like a desert Hyacinth, but the foliage is little different and of course their height, these guys are short. But they cover areas, and are even all over the old fire roads.



I could have chosen a better pic, LOL!

Next is the bladder sage. Anyone need a bladder, they come in two different colors, lavender and tan, LOL



Next is my Matilija poppy which has totally outdone itself this year, it is huge. With babies popping up everywhere!!!!





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47. GardenGrrl
10:12 AM GMT on April 22, 2014
Hooray for happy endings and beautiful beginnings. So glad Barnaby has fitted right in with the family.
And Mason Bee's. Very cool. I have always toyed with the idea of ordering a tube of them. Must have been really exciting to see them "for real".
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46. BriarCraft
12:04 AM GMT on April 22, 2014
Love the story about lucky Barnaby. I agree with GG: bad kharma and lots of bad juju to the meanie who threw him away.

Tagg wasn't always real friendly to the other dogs at Goffs. She didn't bite but she let them know that she didn't care for them. Tess doesn't care about other dogs.
I know how that goes with cats, too. Charlie, our big orange cat, hates cats. He was tolerant to a point, but after we added Gracie to the family, he has no allowed a strange cat onto the property.

Barnaby is adorable-precious -- an easy 10 on the cuteness scale.
They played tug a war and Tess could have just thrown Barnaby around buy she was really gentle!!
Animals understand more than we often give them credit for. Wally, our Siamese cross, actually chases rabbits, he's that fast. Yet when he plays "chase me" with little Gracie the amputee, he either lets her almost catch him or else he can never quite catch her.

I'm thrilled you found some native mason bees (as opposed to ones purchased in a tube). Seems like the desert would be a great place for them, as the female only lives a couple of months -- just long enough to lay her eggs and supply each with a loaf of pollen for the larva to eat.

Gotta go see if I can find my way to your photos in the WUgallery now...
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45. calpoppy
7:58 PM GMT on April 21, 2014
I forgot to tell you all if you are nature nerds like me that is, LOL! Yesterday on the morning hike we ran across a hatch of mason bees! Hundreds of mason bees coming out of small holes in the ground. The buzz was a cross between a bee and a fly and quite loud. We found out that the males hatch first then wait for the females to hatch then mate. The female will lay her eggs in the hole and then the first egg to be layed is the last to hatch. It was very cool, even Tess got curious and dug into a hole and out came a mason bee!

More new wildflower pics tomorrow, there is more a bloomin'.!!!!!
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44. calpoppy
6:57 PM GMT on April 21, 2014
Sorry BF! I swore I thought you had wanted the comment box on the bottom, my apologies!!!!

Hi WTS! Glad you like the yeti bunny! It is an angora rabbit, and they do get crazy hair!

Thank you GG!!

Hi Bug! Glad you liked the bunny/hamster, it had such a funny look on it's face!

Barnaby is one lucky pup, one that he didn't get hurt being thrown out and two that he didn't get run over and third that he has very loving humans now!!

Hi Data! I think that our flowers are blooming so well because of when the rains did come, plus warm winter temps. The wildflowers have thankful for whatever rain they do get.

Hi SP! That is cool you made it to the poppy preserve! I am going Wednesday with my friend, if it is not horribly windy out there. The poppies close up in the wind. I have always gone to places around the preserve that I thought were prettier then the preserve.

To see junipers and joshuas I just look out the window, LOL!

Well the new grandpuppy (thanks SP) is adorable!! What a personality on the little guy! And Tess is in love, she thought he was all that and more, LOL! They played tug a war and Tess could have just thrown Barnaby around buy she was really gentle!! Maybe she knew he had been thrown around before! My son and DIL couldn't have gotten a better pup! He is housebroken, 14 weeks old, in good health and just loves everyone!







My theory as to why this little guy was thrown out of the car, is a boyfriend/girlfriend dispute. Guy gets mad a girl throws girls dog out window.

On a lighter note, have you all heard of paperback book swap. I have been on it for 4 days and have already shipped 3 books and have one book on the way to me. We all have paperback books sitting around, on this site you list the books you want to get rid of, if another member wants that book they request it. The site actually provides a mailing package of sorts, you print it out on your printer, tape it up and it costs 2.69 to send. You receive 1 credit for each book you mail out and 1 credit for posting 20 books. Each book you request costs 1 credit and does not cost anything to receive. I find it better then my local used bookstore which has nothing but westerns and romance novels!!!

I hope all had a nice Easter, we did! Loads of fun with pup, son, dil and Mr. P's almost like a daughter and her husband, LOL!
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43. sp34n119w
5:18 AM GMT on April 21, 2014
Hi calpoppy! You found some wonderful Easter greetings! Hope you had a great day with the new grand-puppy :)

I came by to tell you that I went to the Poppy Reserve today and saw lots of cal poppies! Not so many in the reserve itself, as they are past peak already, but to the east and especially west were amazing fields of orange. The reserve was also beautiful, with poppies and other flowers. I took a picture of something that I am hoping you can identify (so I don't have to look it up, lol), and if the picture turns out okay I'll post it.
I also went to the Arthur B. Ridley Desert Woodland State Park and that was pretty awesome. Easy walk, nobody else around, and lots of shade, LOL, with flowering Joshua Trees and Junipers and little bitty flowers. Of course, you don't need to go anywhere to see those two trees together!
'k. Done sharing ;)

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42. DataPilot
3:56 PM GMT on April 20, 2014
Look at the desert blooming in the midst of record drought. The way that the desert always manages to come back to life after looking so dead is an Easter story of sorts.

Happy Easter!
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41. palmettobug53
3:16 PM GMT on April 20, 2014
Happy Easter, Cal.

Oh, you have posted so many more lovely flowers. That desert dandilion is so pretty.

I could horsewhip anyone who treats animals like that. Barnaby is so lucky your DIL is an animal lover, unlike the lousy ^%$#(*& who threw him out of the car.

I busted out laughing at the Easter Hamster you posted at Sandi's and starteled Hubby to no end! lol

We are cold and wet. It's a nasty Easter weekend here. I measured approximately 3 1/4 inches of rain from my guage yesterday morning. That was just from around 5:00 Friday. About a 15 hour span. It might have been a bit more but I spilled some as I was measuring it.

One area north of me measure 4.77 inches in the same time span, if you can believe it.
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40. GardenGrrl
10:00 AM GMT on April 20, 2014
Happy Easter to Your Family and Critter Tribe
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39. WatchinTheSky
4:19 AM GMT on April 20, 2014
Happy Easter cp and Mr Poppy! That easter yeti bunny was fantastic, can't tell if it is real or someone's imagination :)
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38. Barefootontherocks
9:20 PM GMT on April 19, 2014
Thanks. Comment box location has been not an issue for me. Blog links not showing on the local forecast page was my big shock. And no more 4 blogger photos on sidebar. Those are goners, not glitches. Have a good one.
:)
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