Strictly for the birds

The hummers and quail are lightening the mood around here.

The hummingbirds are back. And this looks just like an Audubon photo of one, the same way I look just like Jason Statham if you see me backlit at sunset, from the other side of a four-lane street with a sizable median. It’s possible that you left your specs in the pub after a half-dozen boilermakers, a vicious beating, and perhaps a stroke.

The grasses in Elena Gallegos Open Space are an ominous shade of tan.

It’s been a quiet week around El Rancho Pendejo. Herself just got her second Plague-B-Gon booster and is recovering nicely after enduring a sore arm and some drowsiness.

As for Your Humble Narrator, despite relentless seasonal allergies exacerbated by smoke-laden afternoon breezes I found the weather stellar for cycling. Actual tan lines are in evidence. I managed 105 miles last week and would be on track to repeat that this week if I hadn’t veered off road three times, twice on the bike and once on foot.

When riding trail I strive mightily to avoid nicking any trailside rocks with a pedal. One good spark in these dry, windy conditions and we’ll be grabbing the go-bags and cat carrier and hightailing it for … for … for where? Is there anyplace that isn’t on fire and/or out of water?

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10 Responses to “Strictly for the birds”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    It is smokey as hell up here today. Got bookended by fires, one in the Jemez and one near Las Vegas. You can chew the air.

  2. Hurben Says:

    All quiet down here in Gods Zone as we slip gently into Autumn…

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Autumn. Y’gotta love it. Spring is fine, too, but I’m feeling slightly surrounded. I crave a road trip but in what remains of my mind I keep hearing Johnny Cash singing about that “Ring of Fire.”

    • JD Says:

      Hurben: Great to have you back on the net, Mate! Trusting all is well as Fall approaches and your sandal tan lines are up to pre-COVID standards.
      Should have asked this long ago …. and maybe I did …. but are you a Marmite fan? I understand you either love it or hate it.

    • Pat O’Brien Says:

      Good to hear from you Hurben.
      I put out out a new feeder and the hummers have abandoned me. Put the old ones back out and just one has visited. Perhaps all the blooms around here, including the cactuses, are satisfying the little hosers.

    • Hurben Says:

      All good down here, there is a certain melancholy to Autumn that I love..

  3. Jon Paulos Says:

    Where indeed. Why, right here in York PA. We were out at one of the lakes/reservoirs for the area today, spotting Bald Eagles, Swamp Sparrows, Yellow Warblers and others, and the lake was down, drawn down by the managers in anticipation of rain coming over the next week. And no fires here either. Of course the flip side of that is that we are the congressional district that reliably inflicts Sedition Scott Perry on the public every two years.

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