Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A relaxing day: sunshine, nature and naps

Rattlesnake Spring, an oasis of water and trees, is one of our favorite places to explore. Soapberry grows plentifully:

The seeds are one of our favorites - resembling little ornaments dangling on the tree, providing food for wildlife, and soap for resourceful folks. The tree is quite beautiful and could be used in landscaping to a much greater degree.

A black phoebe hunting near the spring:

After exploring, a picnic and of course a nap in the sunshine. See the mountains in the background...not a bad place for a picnic.

A little stream runs through the wooded part of this photo. As we napped we could hear ducks and an occasional deer.

A brief stop at Cottonwood to check out the Black River where we swam this summer. The water is so clear and magnificent.

Coots off in the distance searched for food and chatted with one another.

A cocoon? Seems moth like to us, but we aren't sure.

Lazy days in the sun in January. These Indiana folks can't believe it!


  1. You live in a beautiful place! I grew up in Arizona, somewhat a similar environment, but I lived in suburbia, which is just impossibly ugly. So I never could appreciate the desert landscape. I just wanted to get out. Now, on the rare occasion when I'm back there, I wish I'd had more of an opportunity to experiences the wild places in the desert. Thanks for sharing a piece of yours!

  2. What a great day. Looks so relaxing! And, yes, I cannot believe it. Seems like a dreamland:)

  3. Jealous, I am.
    May you have many more days like that!


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