Mesquite Seeds

mesquite seeds 010The mesquite seed pods are crisp now.  Two young coyotes eating them one morning under my large tree.  (Their diet can be 80% mesquite pods.  See my blog from last year.1)  Later in the afternoon two deer.  (These photos taken from my bathroom mesquite seeds 018window, through the garden fence.)

Wednesday afternoon I went out to retrieve my trash can from the curb and saw a movement to my right – four javelinas, their coloration blending with the ground, under my neighbor’s mesquite tree, enjoying the seed pods.  They were only ten feet from me, but strangely looked guilty, like children caught doing something they shouldn’t.

 Siblings

two coyotes 011two coyotes 007My cat now spends any outdoor time on the upstairs patio.  She has seen the two young coyotes in the backyard, attempting to catch a lizard, trying to figure out how to get the top off the spa to get to the water.

Monsoons

Starting last month my cell phone has vibrated, beeped and broadcast flash flood warning and dust storm warnings, issued by the National Weather Service.  I even got an AMBER Alert from Phoenix.  Yes, you can turn them off, but I’ve decided not to.  Interesting to find out how bad the storms are.

The steps to turn off emergency weather alerts on your cell phone

  • Phones vary, so your exact solution may be slightly different. But in most cases, simply open up your text messaging application and go into the “Settings” panel. Within your notification settings, there should be an “emergency alerts” option, which you can turn on or off.
  • Some phones provide additional options, including the ability to filter by “extreme alerts,” “severe alerts,” and “AMBER alerts,” which are child abduction emergency alerts.
  • If you’re tired of the beeps and want to turn all of them off, just uncheck the boxes for each type of alert.

Forty years ago, as I remember it, the monsoon rains came at 5pm every day, starting in the middle of July, through August, disrupting traffic, as the roads were banked from the center, where the water rushed, stalling cars.  (Not exactly Camelot’s The rain may never fall till after sundown.) Now the rains are more capricious.  Last Friday in the middle of the afternoon I could hear loud thunder claps, and the winds hit.  Now the thunder wasn’t deafening, as on Mt Lemmon, when there were just seconds between the boom and the crack of the lightening, so close to our cabin that the hairs on our arms stood up from the electricity, but loud.  We’ve had a lot of power poles down this summer, from those winds.

Posted 7/27/2013
TUCSON-Heavy wind knocked down several power poles.
Friday’s monsoon damage also affected 12 TUSD schools including Van Buskirk Elementary.
TEP was there Saturday replacing the downed power poles from Friday’s storm that left customers living in this area without power for several hours.
When the power poles split, people living in the neighborhood said they feared the worst.We thought the wires here are the closest to the house, and we thought they were going to fall on top of the house or something,” said Manuela Moreno.
The storm ripped through the neighborhood not only knocking down the poles but a nearby school’s roof as well.
“It’s really scary, and they’re going to start school Thursday, so I don’t know if they’re really going to start it or not. Is it going to be ready?” said Moreno.
TUSD tells News 4 Tucson they are assessing the damage and will know the answer once they determine the extent of the storm’s damage.

Then more storms Saturday, but just the rumbling clouds and intermittent rain and wind.  At least the storms cooled down our city, and broke the string of over-100° days.

National Weather Service meteorologists say it was 100 degrees in Tucson on July 16 and that tied a record with 39 consecutive days of 100 degrees or higher.

Today a blue sky, and back to those 100°+ days, but I got most of my yard work done over the weekend, with a lovely overcast sky, dodging the raindrops.  (A roadrunner just dashed across my patio and stopped outside the fence, panting.)

1https://notesfromthewest.wordpress.com/2012/10/26/the-vegetarian-coyote/

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