I still have four blogs from the Aegean that I need to add photos to. (My bad – I used a camera rather than my tablet or phone to take the photos, and I had not gotten a new memory stick that would have downloaded into my tablet, thinking that I may not be using the camera in a year.) But a pause to comment on Tucson this past week.
I returned home a week ago to high temperatures (three hikers, one walker died on Sunday1, when it was 115°), but the monsoons really didn’t start until last night. Photo to the right from my bedroom window. Photo below it from the news.2 The high winds and rain did not reach here, but the electricity went out at about 8:30, while I was watching a movie. Found my candles and matches by feel, but only one AAA battery (searching the house with a candle), and the book light needs two. Nothing to do in the dark but try to sleep, but the lights came on in half an hour.
Within the last week I have seen two quail with their two young chicks in my yard, a dove nesting on my patio, and a rabbit in the backyard. Not sure how he got in, as there is a wall, but the hillside behind comes partially up the wall, so maybe he jumped in and couldn’t jump out. I opened the gate, got behind him, and herded him out.
Unfortunately, a dove tried to fly through my office window; I found it sitting as though resting next to the front water pipe, but unfortunately dead. Large collared lizards on the back wall and front tree, a whip-tailed lizard in the drive below.
A couple of months ago when I was in the garden watering I let my cat out. When I turned around she was gone and didn’t come back for two hours. I didn’t worry too much, as the desert hillside behind me is almost devoid of wildlife, only lizards, rabbits, birds, and an occasional coyote. But when I heard her I caught something meow at the back door, there was a collared lizard, alive but slightly injured. I picked him up and put him outside the gate. Later I found two small dead lizards in the yard. I have not allowed her out since.
I do miss the many animals in the wash behind my last house. I even dreamed of bobcats last night. This housing development was plopped down between the wash, which is now cemented, and the slight hill. And there are vast swaths of scraped land for new developments within a few minutes of here. There are too many people in the world. We need ZPG! When I fly over Europe I am sad because of the lack of wild spaces. According to Wikipedia: With the exception of Fennoscandia and northern Russia, few areas of untouched wilderness are currently found in Europe, except for various national parks.