Taken by Andrew Patton, July 2007. This pictur...

Taken by Andrew Patton, July 2007. This picture is of a dust devil in Ramadi, Iraq. It has been slightly photo edited (brightness & contrast, and shadow & highlight parameters) in order better bring out the dust devil in the picture. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here are a few things I learned today:

  • Be careful where you place those eggs if you are preparing for an Easter egg hunt in your yard around here. One of the big dangers here is finding an unwelcome rattlesnake in the yard, guarding your plastic eggs.
  • Dust devil season has begun here. The right combo of wind and dust whip up those little devils…
  • There is a posse of wild horses in the Tonto National Forest. Beautiful horses. A photographer has been making daily visits and keeping a visual accounting of the horses’ activities, and she has become their guardian ranger by default.
  • The smaller the scorpion, the more potentially deadly its bite.
  • Gila monsters like  to stay underground, and won’t bite unless mercilessly provoked. Then it’s woe to the victim of his bite, because the Gila Monster will not let go. He will have to accompany the victim to the emergency room.
  • The television weathercasters here in AZ have it easy compared to their colleagues back in Chicago. About all the AZ t.v. personalities do is talk about “another sunny day.” Sometimes they warn of high winds and fire danger. A rain forecast is a big event here.
  • Harvesting rain is a top priority here, especially in Flagstaff right now. That’s new to me: the concept of harvesting rain. Rain barrels are a good idea here, if only the rain that is caught does not evaporate too soon.
  • Dead Horse SP was abuzz with activity this morning. I stopped by on the spur of the moment to sip my Starbucks Tall black coffee treat. Cyclers, horseback riders and fishermen were out enjoying the park, plus one sipper of coffee.
  • I had my stitches taken out of my lower eyelid this morning, after thinking that the eye doc would keep them in permanently. Now my left eye does not water like it used to. I still have strabismus. But my new glasses were ready, and the occluded lens is now a permanently buffed piece of glass. No more putting tape over one of the lenses. No more transition lenses, sad to say. That’s something to have here in the sunny southwest, despite the cost. However, my lenses are really too small now to make a difference. But, I can wear sunglasses easily over the new glasses. Life is good.
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