The Week in My World 9/10/10

It’s finally slightly cooler but the lushness of summer still abounds with prominent profusions of wildflowers at every turn.  The fruits of the various local cacti are huge due to a strong monsoon—it rained steadily until a few days ago, but today the humidity dropped about 30 points to 36%.  Locusts are crossing the roads, probably for mating.  The “lawn” is knee-high again—they’re not kidding when they tell you the Arizona lawnmower is the weed whacker.

Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.

Look at the size of those prickly pear fruits

Pretty house and painted wall in Old Bisbee

Maxi is mad because we put her in these flowers and made her stay. Look at that pout.

A friend stopped by towing his "Sprint car," built for quarter-mile races.

Morning glories growing out of a drainage ditch in Old Bisbee

Tiny red morning glories overtaking a desert broom

These wildflowers are growing out of a crack in the pavement in Old Bisbee

Today's bandanna somehow ended up on Maxi's head, making her appear to be a tiny alien wizard

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2 responses to “The Week in My World 9/10/10

  1. Okay, Debra, your fruit is bigger than my fruit out here on Flying Hat. Mine may be more succulent, but who’s tasting? I really like your photos of Maxi. Good dog! My IP is finally up again.

  2. LOL! We bought some prickly pear fruit candy once but couldn’t stomach it. I tried some pads cut up and liked that though, good in salads. It’s plentiful here but a real pain in the neck to work with. When I first got here I had a couple incidents where I was stupid enough to pick up pads and fruits with my bare hands—and paid for it for days after. I think it must be an Arizona initiation ritual!

    We have lined parts of our fencing with prickly pear. I can’t think of a better privacy/security wall—and it grows like weeds—especially if I water them, they love water. They literally grow a couple of feet per year.

    I have read that cows eat them. They’re full of water and nutrients—but how do the cows deal with the spines?? Don’t they get stuck in the cows’ tongues and cause discomfort or infection?

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