Sunday, November 29, 2009

Pipistrelle Bat

We were doing trail work and someone turned over a rock with a bat under it!  Looks like a Western Pipistrelle.

Definitely injured. It sat on the rock for quite a few minutes before attempting to fly off. It flew into an ocotillo, not a bat-like thing to do, poor fellow.

L O N G Spine

This prickly pear at Mom's has gone a long way from a few pads to GIGANTOR - CACTUS KING. It will be trimmed this winter back to a few pads. All the thick, woody parts will be gone. I was impressed by the length of this spine - a good 6 or 7 inches.

This barrel cactus at the DBG has all long spines. Pretty cool looking in my book!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

An Early Christmas Gift

With Mom headed to Omaha next week we figured it best to give her this gift from the kids now...

Hopefully she will figure it out enough to get some good pictures and maybe even some video.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Zoolights Time Again

The Zoo does their lights each year and make little changes here and there. I've been through numerous times and try to catch the new or the old in a new way...I'm sure I'll have more before Christmas.

Here's the old (below) in a new way (above)

The entry to the Zoo.

The entry is past a bridge and instead of floating light displays in the water they are putting up large red floodlights that give a cool glowing effect on the palms along the edge of the pond.

The old spider & web display. Always seems to be in a new place.

More trees with trunks & branches lit up! That's what I like to see!

All in a Day's Work

We had a college intern at the park the other day and I got to show him around to get an idea as to the scope of Papago Park. There's a lot more to Papago than meets the eye. The Zoo, Botanical Gardens, Municipal Stadium, Hall of Flame Museum, and Papago Golf Course are all part of Papago Park. Anyhow, it was nice to visit all these things showing him around. We ended the tour at Tovrea's Castle, not part of Papago Park, but City owned and in the process of renovations.

Something new at the Desert Botanical Gardens - I like this one.

Always fun to look up at the giant cardons

The view from the top of Tovrea's Castle

And from the cactus gardens below looking up.

Friday, November 20, 2009


Did a little tour of the Stadium and took some pictures.

World Series trophy - but not THE trophy from 2001 (D-Backs aren't even represented on the little flags)

out on the field.
Just hitting a homerun looks like a pretty long hit. Mark McGuire once hit and broke the 'F' in 'Front Row' in batting practice. He hit another ball out the open window! Now that is a long hit.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

New Door!

The old door already looked old when we moved in. I found this nice door on Craigslist and got it for $160.

Nice glass - protected on both sides by a shatterproof glass.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Highschools an colleges have homecomings in the fall - I just passed on attending my 25th reunion at Calvin College. These pictures are sometimes my homecoming - working nights and coming home to these big, beautiful flowers.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


Jake had a couple of friends from school over and went trick or treating.Some of the houses were decorated, but some years are less than others and this year was less...

nice window decor

and my personal favorite

Even with fewer houses participating, he made a haul!