Desert Watering Hole

By: calpoppy , 5:48 PM GMT on July 13, 2014

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Each late afternoon we step out to our patio to enjoy the wildlife, each other and a glass of wine or beer. Here is what we see at our desert watering hole.

The mohawk dude!



Strange birds ;)



Cute birds, fledgling Scrub Jays



Mom or dad Scrub Jay



A Shorts look a like (if you all remember her) White Tailed Antelope Valley Ground Squirrel, Phew!



Gossiping around the water cooler!



These guys are quick, didn't have my shutter fast enough, but felt it was worth of a blog photo!

Phainopepla



Here's Jack!

Notice wire on plant to the left, it is because of Jack ;)



His Majesty the King of Llano!



California Thrasher



Ahhhh! His first bath, to cute!



Well I certainly think this is enough pictures. One day I will do a collage so you don't have to scroll through them all, but don't hold your breath :))

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50. sandiquiz
11:41 AM GMT on July 26, 2014
Nisqually NWR ? This sounds like some foreign disease!
I understand Farmer's market, and belonging to WU for a decade, I know what Target is...but Nisqually NWR??
Whatever, hope you find your POV:)

Poppy, that big ball looks great fun! Funnily enough, seeing the tiger reminds me that I have had to remove a photo of a tiger from my Flickr group twice the last couple of days. The member who posts it will get a mail from me if he does it again.

Where on earth in the UK does he think tigers "native and roam wild and free" - which is what I say the bird or animal should be - ie, no non- British, captive or domestic animals or birds!
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49. BriarCraft
3:46 AM GMT on July 26, 2014
I'm glad I'm not the only one who has to wait... and wait... and wait for a post to appear. I never know if it's my wonky internet connection or wonkyWU unless/until someone else comments about it.


My POV (Point Of View for non-photog buffs) challenge and I have only posted 2 of the allowed 3 pairs of photos. That's okay, I still have tomorrow and I am heading for Olympia, so I never know what I'll find worth "shooting". On the agenda: Target, Farmers Market, and Nisqually NWR, so there oughta be something. Do I get demerits if I don't post a 3rd POV study?
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48. WatchinTheSky
6:15 PM GMT on July 25, 2014
You must be getting some of the monsoon clouds today! We are completely clouded over and only 73 at 11 this morning!! That coolness won't last, I imagine, but I doubt we get close to 100 today :-D No chance for rain, but at least clouds! Happy Trails..
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47. calpoppy
1:45 PM GMT on July 25, 2014
Hi WW! I have had my guineas for almost three years now. They had a nest in the spring with about 8 eggs in it, but something came along and ate them all. Which was a good thing :) Though this time around I was going to collect the babies and brood them in the brooder area of the hen house then sell them.

Hi WW! I haven't had that happen with a post of mine before! But I wrote another one posted it, then saw that the original had come back. Anyway I deleted the second! When I had jury duty we were all in a big rather nice room, we had already been divided into groups with numbers. And we then were put into courtrooms as needed.

Another hot day above the century mark. We are looking at about 10 days worth of hotness! The poor pups, they still have a lot of energy but can't go far in the heat of the afternoon. So it is boomer ball play time in the evening. This ball is 20" in diameter and is a hard molded plastic. They use them for herding dogs, and zoos use them for lions, tigers and whatever else likes it. The dog pushes it with their shoulder or nose, and my pups just love it! They had a small one but now that isn't even looked at, LOL! As they push it they bark with excitement.



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46. WatchinTheSky
4:26 AM GMT on July 25, 2014
Looks like it came back! I have noticed a pretty good delay lately between hitting Post and the post finally showing up ;-P
I would guess there were 150-200 people called in, usually 50 people are sent in to a trial - to be whittled down to 13 or 14. The 50 get to see the defendant.

Supposed to start cooling (a little) !
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45. WeatherWise
2:50 AM GMT on July 25, 2014
Forgot to say, Calpoppy, that I like your guinea photo. Think I told the story in the blogs about my guinea experience and shared the photo. This beautiful guinea (as beauty in guineas go) appeared from out of nowhere and took up under my little play patio as its home. It would bed down on my rattan wicker furniture. You can see he is quite comfortable perched on the arm there. They leave a lot of dirt behind on your cushions. This went on for what seem like forever - until one day, it disappeared just as mysteriously as it had appeared on the scene. I was glad to see it go even though I must admit that it was exciting while it lasted.



You are hot - it is 10:32 pm eastern standard time and says you are 97 degrees. We had a break from the heat today with an overcast rainy morn. Of course, I waited until the sun came out to get out for my walk. This evening we had a storm that cooled us to 68, so I definitely went for a late evening walk.

Hope your weekend cools down a bit.
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43. calpoppy
10:47 PM GMT on July 24, 2014
We hit the century mark, and headed up a little more! It just looks hot outside. If there were pavement around I am sure we would see a mirage or two, LOL! I run out do a chore or two and run back.

I had these beautiful and tasty Satsuma plums at their peak, so I made a few small rustic tarts out of them. Gotta have something to do inside ;)

Hi Sandi! I am glad the peafowl finally had more babies live, thanks to the caretaker! The chicks are very venerable to predators. Our peafowl are all peacocks! We originally had 5 babies, and now only have two adults left. One was taken before we knew what sex it was, but all the rest were male. Poor guys!!!! Now the peacocks have finally developed a brain and they roost high in a pine tree now. Before they would roost down low, so all a coyote had to do was jump just a bit, and grab a peacock for a to go late night dinner.

Hi Pros! Glad you like the pics, what would we do in a world without all these critters!!!!

Hi WW! I like that cilantro recipe you posted on your blog, I bet it is very good!! I love cilantro myself, though I have trouble growing it well. Gets way to hot for it and it bolts before I get to pick any good leaves off.

Thanks WTS! So no jury duty for you! I was called a few years ago and in LA county you actually go in the courtroom and hear the charges against the defendent. This particular case involved a young gang banger who was having a great time checking us all out, smiling while the charges were read against him, don't need the trial he's guilty as charged i say, LOL! I didn't get my number called, but boy my gut feeling immediately was he was going down ;)

It is amazing what some people say under oath to get themselves off of the jury!
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42. WatchinTheSky
8:57 PM GMT on July 24, 2014
Gotta keep you up near the top ;)

I see you are cooler than we are - Llano 99, Moody Drive 101 !
Happy hiking, when it cools down this evening!
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41. WeatherWise
3:24 PM GMT on July 24, 2014
Good Morning, Calpoppy! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your great recipe and tips for cilantro.

Can you believe it is almost the weekend already?

Found a newly fledged baby bluebird yesterday. It was waiting to be fed.



Have a great weekend! Can't wait to see what adventures everyone has over the weekend!
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40. Proserpina
12:56 PM GMT on July 24, 2014
What you see gladdens my heart! Great collection of photos.
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39. sandiquiz
11:18 AM GMT on July 24, 2014
Last Thursday, the day I fell, I was meeting ex-colleagues from school. They were telling me about the peacocks... apparently for the first time in three years two pairs have had offspring, a family of three and a family of four! The care-taker, the guy in charge of them, has built a wire cage to keep them safe . The gulls/magpies have been known to take the young chicks, as can foxes, and in all the years I was at the school only one young chick survived to adulthood. Do yours have young, or are they all the same ...sex.... like my fish.?? lol
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38. calpoppy
11:20 PM GMT on July 23, 2014
my blog fell down into the depths of page 2!! Had to pull it back up :)

Hi WW! We go to the canyon a lot, it is just a bit up the road. One more year of drought and that lake will be down to just some mud! Never seen it like that before.

I walked out on the northern part of my property yesterday with the pups and I could hear something walking behind me. It was the peacocks following me. They follow me everywhere, they want peanuts ;) I wonder if they will go hiking with us!
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37. WeatherWise
2:09 PM GMT on July 21, 2014
Hi Calpoppy, Your trip up to the canyon sounds neat especially the temps. Sorry your lake water level was down. I recall going to Mountain Lake, the site of the movie, Dirty Dancing, in VA and finding the lake levels so down. The docks and walkways were way over here and the water way down there. Was very disappointing for photo shoots.

My presentation from that weekend is probably floating around somewhere out on the internet. I shared all of my presentations on my website and folks scooped them up - even professional websites but still credit me with the work. It is good that they di as a year after I retired the school system dumped my website. They kept my work but put it on an inner network just for Danville teachers.

Hope you have a great week. Leaving you a creepy looking guy for your desert life - an art sculpture by Bob Cage, a local artist.



Oh, I like your portrait photo - sweet and pretty!
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36. calpoppy
1:20 PM GMT on July 21, 2014
Hi Bug! We feed and water all the critters. Fun for us and lifesaving at times for the critters. Lots of baby quail this year and more fledgling Orioles. What a racket they can make!

I don't know what they do with the salt left over from a desal plant, maybe sell as seasalt?

Meat goes a long ways at our house, it gets reincarnated as burritos, tacos and put into salad. So 1 meal turns into 3. I don't mind paying more for quality meat, tastes better and like I said we can use it for a few meals.

Hi GG! I guess we could all eat a Mickey D's for $1.00 and save a ton of cash, but we would not live long, LOL!

Hi WTS! We just got light rain, didn't even wet the soil :( Oh well, we have more of monsooooon season left, keeping fingers crossed still.

Hi Briar! Nice collage again!!! I don't know what it is with flickr and photobucket but I can not see them on my Mac laptop, and it takes a couple of times on my phone to see them. So strange. Must be something in them that is not supported by Apple.

HI Sandi! Most of the cats I have had in my life have done what Max does. I had one cat Yahtzee that would lay in the bathroom sink ( he was huge so he would ooze over the sides). You could turn the faucet on and it wouldn't faze him a bit, LOL! There is a drinking bowl you can get for cats that is a fountain. Pretty neat and cats seem to really love it.

Water is becoming a big deal again this summer. We don't have the problem with water deliveries, just using to much water no matter how much I have mulched! If this drought continues through this winter I will for sure not have a veggie garden. The Farmer's Markets around here have wonderful heirloom tomatoes, probably be cheaper then the cost of our water growing them. But I do enjoy it so :((( We shall see what happens, tomatoes are still bearing but the Shady Ladies are just about at the end of the bearing time. I usually plant some more to have them bear through October but decided not to this year.

Looks like we will have more heat coming! 102-104 for us this week. Hopefully this will be the last real hot weather for us!
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35. palmettobug53
4:10 PM GMT on July 20, 2014
GG, one thing you have to remember about doing a pot roast with all the trimmings at home, you should have enought for 2 to 3 meals when it's just two of you. That spreads the cost out considerably.

Hubby doesn't want any more after the second go-round but I put up what's left after that into single serving sized containers and put them in the freezer. I then carry them to work for lunch.

Talking about this now has me craving a steak. I'll watch the paper for some coupons so we can splurge and go out!
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34. sandiquiz
11:47 AM GMT on July 20, 2014
When I was here last, and looking at the photos in your header, I don't think I noticed the rabbits having a drink. Bless him he is just as thirsty as all the other creatures.
Max like a drink at the kitchen tap. It's my own fault I allowed him to have a drink from there when he was a kitten, and now every morning while I'm making coffee he wants a drink of cold running water. I usually let the water run into the washing up bowl, so it is collected then I use the collected water to water the big plant by the front door.

It is the only plant that does not get rainwater, as it is under the overhang of the front porch.
I used to forget it, but now, because of Max drinking each morning, the plant gets a drink too! Lol. It seems to like the daily drink, because it's growing much bigger than it did last year!
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33. BriarCraft
8:32 PM GMT on July 19, 2014
Here's a collage of Rule of Thirds photos...



BBL to catch up with you!
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32. WatchinTheSky
7:51 PM GMT on July 19, 2014
Oh My! Sprinkles this morning at the Park, you know, like 30-40 of them =:-O
At least it is cloudy! And coolish.
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31. GardenGrrl
7:47 PM GMT on July 19, 2014
Bug; In fact, it's almost cheaper to go out for steak dinners than it is to buy all the stuff. And there's no cooking or cleaning up involved.

Isn't that the truth? Making a pot roast from scratch runs between $20 to $30. Cooking nice meals is more of a luxury hobby these days.
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30. palmettobug53
6:11 PM GMT on July 19, 2014
What a marvelous selection of photos, Cal. I'll bet all those critters love you for providing them with a watering hole.

I laughed when I saw Mohawk dude!

What do they do with the sal left over from desal?

I agree with you about everyone going back to their wasteful ways, when the need to conserve goes away.

I also have another observation: When weather events (hurricanes, freezes, droughts, etc) decimate crops and the price of those items rises in the grocery store, has no one ever noticed that when the crops get back to normal, the price doesn't go back down to pre-disaster-event prices? They stay high and just keep climbing.

It's like they figure, "Well, if they're still buying fruit/veggies now when the price is high, we're gonna leave it there when things get back to normal and our cost goes down. We'll make a higher profit."

If there's one habit I wish I could break it is eating. Food just gets more and more expensive every time you turn around. Can't remember the last time I bought steaks. In fact, it's almost cheaper to go out for steak dinners than it is to buy all the stuff. And there's no cooking or cleaning up involved.
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29. calpoppy
3:46 PM GMT on July 19, 2014
Hi WTS! Monsoooons are back but will we have rain, I don't think so. Maybe some light showers, hopefully no dry lightning.

Hi GG! Love that one photo of yours with the Zygo in green and the rest in B & W. California doesn't ever seem to do anything about our water situation. It really bugs me to see all the rain going down storm drains in the cities and out to the ocean and not into reservoirs!! Hindsight is always 20/20 right?

Cloudy morning with a beautiful sunrise, seen from bed when I peeked out the window unwilling to get up and take a pic:) Oh well, maybe a nice sunset photo tonight with the clouds about.

We are on to the next challenge, Briar and I take turns in thinking of the challenges so we get a different perspective each time. This week is Point of View, it sounds harder then what it is but as always a challenge!

I need to tweak my avatar it is way to dark. My DIL took it when she was here so I will brighten it up a bit!

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28. GardenGrrl
10:20 PM GMT on July 17, 2014
The whole water conundrum is a tough issue. Really wonder why the "powers that be" don't use the opportunity of low lake and reservoir levels to dredge them really deep so the next break in drought can build reserves. We have been in drought here as well. All of our lakes except Caddo Lake in East Texas are man made. Can't understan why they don't make them deeper right now. During non drought times they flood.

Have been playing with rule of thirds today and have about a hundred photos to sort through :0
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27. WatchinTheSky
4:03 PM GMT on July 17, 2014
Well, the way we are headed - water may very likely make money! Yikes, $18/bag for walnuts! We (me and Phin) go through a lot of walnuts, mostly breakfast - but they do end up in a lot of salads. If they are that much this weekend (Costco run) we may do without!
Weather is wack lately - the week started out 3 days cloudy and coll, yesterday sunny and warm, now cloudy and cool again. But no chance of rain, just strong onshore marine layer.
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26. calpoppy
1:17 PM GMT on July 17, 2014
Hi MIke! I heard about Lake Mead which has been getting lower and lower over the years. It looks like a pond now! I think walnuts were 18.00 a bag out here, to much.

Hi Briar! I had forgotten to put up a couple of pics so I will do that later today. The Jacks out here are just always thin, thin makes for faster running! Wetter sounds good to me, but WTS is right it would have to be from monsooooons, except for October which could be from Pacific storms. My fingers are still crossed!

Hi WTS! I think the pipeline would be great, except for the cost. Oil makes money, water, well doesn't.

Hi Ylee! Over here monsooooons, over here!
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25. Ylee
1:53 AM GMT on July 17, 2014
Glen Canyon is getting some monsoooooon rain, so maybe you'll get some to blow your way! Fingers crossed!
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24. WatchinTheSky
11:15 PM GMT on July 16, 2014
I don't know, BC. typical rain for SoCal in those months is pretty close to zero, so above average is not saying a lot :P
But anything would be something!!

That pipeline has the special advantage that if it leaks, it would not catch fire!! Or poison!! Maybe a little design/planning and it could include people transport modules. I guess it would only be one way, but still! OK, maybe claustrophobic too, but !!
The old standby drag an iceberg from the Arctic is just not going to work in the future.
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23. BriarCraft
10:13 PM GMT on July 16, 2014
Wow! What a wonderful assortment of critters around the desert watering hole. Of the birds, only the scrub jay and peacock are familiar to me. And the squirrel with a name longer than he is -- cute! Jack must be seriously thirsty to come to a place that is bound to smell like dog. Jack does look pretty scrawny and I suppose with the drought that food is even less abundant than usual.

No need for a collage to consolidate. In fact, you could always add more photos in the comments section.

I don't know about El Niño, but NOAA is saying wetter than normal for SoCal in August-September-October


If not El Niño, then maybe a late monsoon???
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22. clearlakemike
7:31 PM GMT on July 16, 2014
WTS, yes, those desal plants do take a lot of electricity. The Emirates are sitting on vast reservoir of oil or near to it. California not so much. Maybe solar or wind energy? Or if they can perfect the science, wave energy from the ocean? Yes, it is a vicious cycle. I think calpoppy's idea of a water pipeline might be the ticket. Then she can shoot a hole in it near her place and have an endless supply of water for her trees, etc, LOL
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21. clearlakemike
7:23 PM GMT on July 16, 2014
Almost $20 for a bag of walnuts at the Costco here now! I think the almond milk has stayed about the same though. Yes, G buys pecans and probably doesn't look at the price as they are a staple of any self respecting Southerner's diet. He will have pecan pancakes...come hell or highwater, or yankees!

Yes, perfect Admin name, LOL. You are the Photo Police!!

Well, more bad news from the Big Watering Hole, Lake Mead...

Source.

Lake Mead reservoir drops to record low
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20. calpoppy
7:07 PM GMT on July 16, 2014
Hi MIke! I don't buy walnuts anymore from Costco the price is to high anymore. Almonds were still a decent price there though, and I wasn't in the market for pecans so I don't know about them.

GG can you get a car wash going for us????

Since I live in the police state of Cali. no wonder my Admin name on our flicr group is Swat Team Leader, LOL!

Hi WTS! Forget the Keystone pipeline we need the Calif water pipeline from all the places that were and are flooding!!! They have to much, we have to little, so a water pipeline. It can make a side trip to my cabin ;)

You know the minute we get out of the drought we will all forget about it and go on with our wasteful ways! The cities need to divert all the run off from the storm drains into water reservoirs!! Raise the reservoirs sides up so they can contain more water. Make people recycle their washing machine and shower water, use catchment ponds and so on and so on..... California has been on the upswing in its financial state so a little foresight into our continual water situation would be appreciated!!!
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19. WatchinTheSky
4:31 PM GMT on July 16, 2014
From clmike "Maybe the state needs to start thinking like the Arabian Emirate states and start building desalinization plants like crazy! " Sometimes I think we are in a 'no win' scenario. No rain, maybe desal? But Desal takes massive amounts of electricity (oh yes, which we are a little short on) - so, much more CO2 in the air - so, hotter - so, less rain - so..... Meanwhile, US as a whole had above (way above?) average rainfall for the month of June. grrrr..

Off to check out terrain.org and maybe 'The greatest water loss'.

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18. clearlakemike
4:00 PM GMT on July 16, 2014
I heard the Water Police are going to start handing out $500 fines now in California. California is becoming a Police State! Fashion Police, Water Police...

I hope that the the price of almond milk doesn't go way up. I drink that instead of cow's milk. The last time I went to buy a bag of walnuts the price had almost doubled. I use to live in the remnants of an old walnut orchard where I last lived in California and could get them free off the ground in the fall.

Maybe, GG, could organize a big Texas style car wash rain dance for California next winter as Cali people can't do it themselves now as they would get $500 fines.
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17. calpoppy
1:20 PM GMT on July 16, 2014
Hi MIke! Whether the info is what I want to hear or not, it needs to be said! If there is not a 'drought buster' El Nino in our future we need to prepare. We have already cut back on our watering, once a week water delivery is getting way to much! The whole country will suffer along with us Cali people if agriculture here suffers. The almond tree growers have already taken a lot of the trees out. People in Cali use just a drop in the bucket so to speak then agriculture does. Yet they are the ones that will take the hit when the 'water police' comes to be.

Because of the drought we have had to water all winter long. Usually we don't start watering our trees until late May. But like you said we don't have to have an El Nino to get winter rain :)

Ultra violet light! I couldn't think of it, your water system would be just like our friends!

Hi WW! Beautiful shot of the Swallowtail! I saw one up in the mountains a couple of weeks ago that was all tattered! We had a couple of Monarchs come around about two months ago, but not many butterflies since then.

It was nice to go up the canyon yesterday, amazing what five miles do to the temps and terrain! It was 72 degrees up there! Went to visit the lake where our creek comes from. It looked awful!!!! It is about 1/3 the size it used to be!! Anyway not the pictures I had planned to take, but I got a couple for our Rule of Thirds Challenge on Flickr. The canyon is right up the dirt road from us, nice elevation change going from Pinion Pines and Scrub Oaks to Black Oaks and Jeffery Pine.

No monsoooonal rain for us this round, well a light rain with 52 raindrops, LOL! Fingers crossed for next round.
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16. clearlakemike
1:57 AM GMT on July 16, 2014
Not to be a "Debbie Downer" but...this is morbidly interesting,

Source.

California is one of the U.S.'s biggest food producers — responsible for almost half the country's produce and nuts and 25% of our milk and cream. Eighty percent of the world's almonds come from the state, and they take an extraordinary amount of water to produce — 1.1 gallons per almond.

But this food-rich state is in its third year of drought. In May, 100% of the state was in drought and the food-producing Central Valley was in an "exceptional drought."


California's Drought Is 'The Greatest Water Loss Ever Seen,' And The Effects Will Be Severe
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15. WeatherWise
10:52 PM GMT on July 15, 2014
I checked out your link for Terrain.Org. I agree, very well done - Do you have an article there?

We are having thunder and probably lightning but still no rain other than a few sprinkles. It is close to time for my late evening walk - I may not be going today.

Have a great evening!

Saw my first large butterfly today on the butterfly bush - yellow tiger swallowtail - but was all tattered and torn.

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14. clearlakemike
9:40 PM GMT on July 15, 2014
Quoting 10. calpoppy:

Another drought year and California will either blow away or burn to a crisp, not good! Plus veggie prices will go up for the rest of the nation :(

Glad you will get rain, Mike. We have an electric pump for our water tank also. But pretty good on the electric usage. there are several people around that just have gravity feed, you can always tell their tanks are a good deal higher then the surrounding land. It works well, but I prefer the pump :) You must have some kind of way to make the water clean, our friends had some kind of a light that helped disinfect the water in case a critter fell into the cistern.



Don't shoot the messenger, please...but I have heard more bad news for California regarding the El Nino. El Nino has left Australia also. They are relieved I am sure as it usually means drought for them as well. But, maybe California will get rain anyway, Nino or not. I sure hope so. I want to return there someday and I don't want to return to a burned up desert. Maybe the state needs to start thinking like the Arabian Emirate states and start building desalinization plants like crazy! Yes, California produces half the veggie and fruits for the US (and the rest of the world, I think.)

We got almost 2" of rain yesterday and more to come today and tomorrow! That is a lot for us. That gave us a couple weeks or more of free water in our tank! We disinfect the water with a UV light and use a two stage filter also. The UV light works very well for keeping the water clean.
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13. calpoppy
1:46 PM GMT on July 15, 2014
Hi WW! Nice bumblebee shot!! I like the Mohawk dude myself!

Hi WTS! LOL! They are a pretty bird, but those eyes are quite odd! Glad to see you are an almost member of our group!!

We just found a neat website Terrain.Org. It merges wild lands with urban landscape. Poems, writings, beautiful photography, very well done website.

Link
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12. WatchinTheSky
3:54 AM GMT on July 15, 2014
I think that phainopepla is channeling his Syd with that spikey head -:D
Hope you got more rain than we got, which is zero :((
Come back, El Niño!!
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11. WeatherWise
10:24 PM GMT on July 14, 2014
Great blog entry! WOW! Some great bird and critter shots! Looks like your desert watering hole is providing you with great entertainment. I think the mohawk dude is my favorite.

My dude for the day was the bumblebee shot:

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10. calpoppy
6:56 PM GMT on July 14, 2014
Another drought year and California will either blow away or burn to a crisp, not good! Plus veggie prices will go up for the rest of the nation :(

Glad you will get rain, Mike. We have an electric pump for our water tank also. But pretty good on the electric usage. there are several people around that just have gravity feed, you can always tell their tanks are a good deal higher then the surrounding land. It works well, but I prefer the pump :) You must have some kind of way to make the water clean, our friends had some kind of a light that helped disinfect the water in case a critter fell into the cistern.
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9. clearlakemike
6:22 PM GMT on July 14, 2014
I haven't read the Dr.'s blog yet but I did read recently (and maybe the Dr. mentioned it,) that the El Nino has already left Peru. So, not a good thing for California, especially SoCal. But a good thing for us as El Nino usually brings more drought to Hawaii. We have been on a good streak so far this year with an average of 1.7" of rain per month in my area. Not anywhere near the historical averages two decades ago but not the desert like conditions of the past two years.
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8. calpoppy
4:08 PM GMT on July 14, 2014
Hi Sandi! I liked that one too. The peacock's blue color showed up so well with the grasses and the joshua tree.

Hi WTS! Glad you remembered Shorts, I still miss her :( Shortly after she went missing, there was a big die out amongst the Antelope squirrels. They are just coming back this year. I may be adding more photos if there are any different birds in the watering hole.

Monsooooons today and tomorrow??? Oh, and I heard on the radio that we may not have our El Nino!!!! Say it ain't so Dr. Masters!!!!

Hi Ylee! TNT do indeed chase naughty Jack!! Plus others of smaller variety. Sometimes those Jack rabbits have the longest whiskers! When the sun catches them just right, it is amazing how long they are!

Hi GG! I usually put up a critter blog every summer, but maybe more often!! The peacock could be used as an example for the thirds rule. Or when you see a landscape shot and it has 1/3 sky, 1/3 mountains and 1/3 foreground that would be using The Rule of Thirds. Putting a flower on the right or the left side of the photo, or the bottom third or top third. I realize that a lot of the time I try to center my flower, when I really should use third's rule. It does make it look much more artistic!

We came home last night around 9:30 and it was 86 degrees outside, that is just crummy! I asked and received the swamp cooler on most of the night (that doesn't hardly every happen) so I actually got to sleep. My son's in laws watched our pups at their house while we took son and DIL out for her birthday dinner. Her parents are great. We believe in no dog left behind, LOL!
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7. GardenGrrl
10:10 AM GMT on July 14, 2014
Oh yeah, the peacock and wheel is a great composition. As I don't quite get the whole rule of thirds thing, is that an example?
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6. GardenGrrl
10:09 AM GMT on July 14, 2014
Awesome collection. You could do this all summer and just keep bringing new pictures. Critters and captions are always fun to look at. (Seriously).
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5. Ylee
10:11 PM GMT on July 13, 2014
I like this format better than collages! I like naughty Jack; does TnT ever give chase?
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4. WatchinTheSky
8:38 PM GMT on July 13, 2014
Hey - wait!! That was barely enough photos ;D Great watering hole, clearly the critters think so! Of course we remember Shorts! That looks like a close cousin! A what a soggy oriole. Yeah, Jack's relatives are trouble makers here, too! I have yet to see any fledgling scrub jays.
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3. clearlakemike
7:21 PM GMT on July 13, 2014
I wouldn't mess with His Majesty!!! I ran into one of his cousins at The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas awhile back and he was taking the finish off someone's car he didn't like! lol

You live in a magical place :-)
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2. sandiquiz
6:49 PM GMT on July 13, 2014
Some great birdie photos, plus rabbit and squirrel......love the peacock shot. It is very artistic, with the curve of his graceful neck matching the circle of the wheel.

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1. calpoppy
5:51 PM GMT on July 13, 2014
Our flickr group is going strong with more new members!! We are having great fun, join if you can!!! Just wumail either Briarcraft or myself if you are interested.
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