Monthly Archives: July 2014

The Back Deck, July 30, 2014

Shortly after moving onto our place in Embudo, we were given a hot tub (thanks Joel B.). We installed the tub, and built a deck around it, in a nook at the back of the addition. The deck is a … Continue reading

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Across the River, July 27, 2014

Our neighbor allows us to walk across his property, to access the bridge that crosses to another neighbor’s property on the other side of the river, and that neighbor allows us to use his bridge. This gives us access to … Continue reading

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Bonefishing in Cozumel, Mexico, 1995 – 2009

Cozumel is a well-known scuba destination which we have visited a number of times. The diving is as good as it gets, it’s relatively easy to get there, and not terribly expensive. On our first visit we discovered that fishing … Continue reading

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Calliope Hummingbird

The smaller Calliope has to dash in and out, to avoid getting roughed-up by the Rufous hummingbird who guards the feeder. One occasionally hears hummingbirds make contact, though I have yet to find one that was injured in combat. Hummingbirds … Continue reading

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The Roadrunner, our State Bird

When I was a kid, I (like everyone else) watched the Roadrunner cartoons. Who could forget those cartoons? Now, as an adult, and to my great delight, I get to watch the roadrunner show live! This roadrunner (no, we haven’t … Continue reading

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Calliope Hummingbird Arrives and Pincushion Cactus Blooms

This year, it seems that the pincushion cactus waited for the moisture delivered by the summer monsoon before flowering, and, to quote Kathy, “it exploded”. Continue reading

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Female Black-chinned Hummingbirds

One is, of course, more attracted to male than female hummingbirds. Their great difference in appearance is called sexual dimorphism, and results from sexual selection. In polygamous species, males compete for the favor of females, and this competition results in … Continue reading

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Rufous Hummingbirds and Monsoon Arrive

Here, in the Rio Grande valley of northern New Mexico, two remarkable events take place in early July. One is the arrival of the monsoon. The other is the arrival of the Rufous hummingbird. Continue reading

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Mom, Joel, Carol, Kathy and Me, Vermont 2003-2008

My father died in the 90s, and my mother lived on alone, in the apartment in New York City that she and my father had shared for decades. After some time, it became apparent that living alone was too challenging … Continue reading

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Hand and Foot

Originally posted on BelieveSteve (StevenRichardMiller):
Hand and Foot The human race is losing the race By our own hand shooting ourselves in the foot So smart but not nice The most anti-social of the social species No appreciation for nature’s…

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