Fat Plants~

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Succulents and cacti (xerophytes) are also known as “fat plants,” because they retain and swell with water after rain.
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We had finally had rain at Hollerdom, a total of 1/2 inch which of course is not nearly enough.
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It was enough though to help the skinny, wrinkled cacti and succulents swell up with water and look nice and fat!
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It is great to see them happy for a change!
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Almost all cacti are succulents, but only some succulents are cacti.
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Both plants are made to survive in arid environments, but only cacti have aeroles that spines can grow from.
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To complete the desert landscape, we have vultures too, who like to stretch their wings to cool down on hot Holler days.
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Cheers to you from the amazing life that thrives in Hollerdom’s semi-desert environment.
Note : These photos were taken at The Holler, Sunnylands, and The Safari Park.

Fleur de Holler~

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“Most of us have lost the sense of unity of the biosphere and humanity which would bind and reassure us all of beauty. Most of us do not today believe that whatever the ups and down of detail in our limited experience, the larger whole is primarily beautiful.”
Gregory Bateson
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“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful implanted in the human soul.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth will find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”
Rachel Carson
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“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
Confucius
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“Nature is a revelation of God.”
Henry Wordsworth Longfellow
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“The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.”
Tennessee Williams
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We each are a piece of the whole of creation. As much as creation is beautiful, so are we.
Cheers to you from the beauty that is in you and around you everyday~

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Unwelcome Visitors at The Holler!

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We’ve had a couple unwelcome drop in visitors at The Holler.
Don’t you hate that?
And the visitors have drawn the hawks in.
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You know how much I love the hawks, but I wasn’t too keen on the visitors, especially because they are supposed to be hibernating.
I walked right over this one in everyday shoes, without even seeing him, while he basked in the sun on the driveway.
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Jim said to me in a dead calm voice, “Why did you just walk over that snake?”
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I looked down and said, “Oh you mean the rattlesnake? I didn’t see him.”
I am so lucky he chose not to bite me. I missed his head by inches. If this had been me seven years ago, when I first moved here, I would have been terrified and reluctant to go outside. Now, I just endeavor to look where I step, a little earlier in the year than normal.
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We are on our tenth day of 80F+ days at The Holler. Unlike Northern California, we have gotten little rain and continue in serious drought. Spring flowers are blooming, and rattlesnakes are coming out of their dens, early. It isn’t all flowers and butterflies at The Holler!
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Although the hawks watched the snakes, they never went after them. Guess whose appearance scared em off?
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Yep, Beep-Beep, and this is why!

Once I saw Beep-Beep chase a 6 foot rat snake who bolted in terror at the sight of the Beeping one. I have also seen the Beeper running with a snake tail hanging out of his beak. Apparently he couldn’t digest it all at once.

Cheers to you from the hawks, rattlers, and Beep-Beeps in The Holler’s wild wild west!
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ET Phone Home!

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I found ET! He’s living at the San Diego Safari Park!
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I know it’s shocking to think that he’s picked up a smoking habit.
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But look at that stogie!
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What do you expect with him homesick for his planet, and stuck all these years in Southern California? I’m surprised he’s not surfing.
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Cheers to you from ET and all his extraterrestrial (Waller Gazelle) buddies at the San Diego Safari Park~
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This Post is Hard To Swallow~

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This guy obviously agrees!
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The Flaming Goes are pairing up.
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Getting ready for Valentines Day!
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Some are already dating…..
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While others think it wiser,
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to go out in a group.
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But all Goes dine.
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No matter how hard it is to swallow!
The Flaming Goes send you cheers & wish you a Happy Valentines Day~
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Teeny Tiny Birdie Feet~

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I evaluate hummingbird photos by how clearly I can get the feet in focus. If the face is in focus, but the feet are blurry, then the photo doesn’t make the cut.
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Besides I can’t believe their birdie feet. They are miniaturized, engineering marvels.
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These tiny birds who weigh less than a nickel, have impressively functional feet.
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Check out this guy with his landing gear engaged and ready to lock on!
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Right now the hummers appear to be miffed.
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I moved their feeder so it would be more in the sun for photos, and they are balking about using it.
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It’s a hummingbird standoff.
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If they refuse to use the feeder for another hour, I’ll move it back.
Cheers to you from The Holler Hummers, who, of course, are always in charge!
I am just their feeder filler~
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Reflecting One World~

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Buenos Aires
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Copenhagen
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Copenhagen
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Vancouver
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Vancouver
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Berlin
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The Holler, North of San Diego
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Cheers to you with reflections of our ONE wonderful world~
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