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Colorado Rocky Mountain Surfers~

A different kind,

of ‘Rocky Mountain High!’

The river surfers,

on The Animas River,

in Colorado.

navigate submerged rocks,

frigid water,

and stand to prove it!

But that didn’t prevent some ‘gnarly’

wipe-outs!

The river was running fast and deep.

Cheers to you from The skillful Colorado Rocky Mountain Surfers~

New Wave~

Check out Jim at The New Wave!

The New Wave is a more subtle,

mostly unknown,

and far less traveled,

version of the hugely popular and overcrowded Wave.

It is located near Page Arizona,

in The Glen Canyon Recreation Area. (Where’s Jim? He is in this photo too!)

The formations of previously molten rock,

are made of Navajo Sandstone.

We hiked here entirely alone all day!

Cheers to you from The New Wave~

(Note: We are heading out of wifi range, so I will touch base when I can).

Newbies~

Meet the new neighbors at The Holler!

The Brown Headed Cowbird is a parasitic brooder.

Females of this species produce up to 36 eggs per season, and lay the eggs in other bird’s nests to be raised.

They have the most unusual vocalizations, sounding something like underwater bells. No one knows how they know how to sing since they don’t learn it from their parents. Listen to samples of their song:

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Brown-headed_Cowbird/sounds

This Lark Sparrow is also a new neighbor.

They look similar to female grosbeaks,

except for their distinctive harlequin hats!

Cheers to you from The Holler newbies~

Blooming Joshuas~

This is the first time I have ever seen Joshua Trees in bloom!

These trees were recently designated an endangered species by The California Fish & Game Commission.

They are vulnerable because they exist in a limited area in The Southwestern US and Baja California. Their range is mostly contained by the boundaries of the Mojave Desert. This habitat is under pressure from development and climate change.

Joshua Trees are pollinated by Yucca Moths. Desert habitat is sensitive and species are interdependent.

Interestingly, in the distant past, Joshua’s were pollinated by Giant Sloths!

Humans have lived in The Mojave Desert for about 12,000 years.

Pictographs, cryptic messages from the past, can be found throughout this region.

Cheers to you from the fascinating Mojave~

Romneya~

These gorgeous huge poppies are bloomin’ up The Holler!

Also known as the Matilija Poppy, these are the largest flowers in the poppy family,

and they are the largest native California flower.

The blooms are 8 inches in diameter,

and the bushes grow to about 10 feet in height,

They are a challenge to grow, but so worth the effort!

Cheers to you & Happy Mother’s Day from The Holler’s Romneya~

Fanfare~

Close up wonder of a hummer’s tail. (Tap to enlarge all photos).

Hummers can hover and fly backwards.

Their tongue is longer than their body and rolls up when not in use!

They can flash their colors at will.

Hummers are joy in the garden!

The world’s smallest bird,

is quite brave,

and not afraid of humans.

Cheers to you from The Holler Hummers~

Mr. & Mrs. Grosbeak~

Meet mommy grosbeak.

She is not as flashy,

as her hubby.

But she has a subtle, more delicate beauty.

Here is her dashing Romeo.

You have to admit he is, quite the looker, and eater!

He is shy, hesitant around humans,

smart birdie.

Cheers to you from the happy Holler honeys~

Holler Newbie~

Meet the Lazuli Bunting!

He’s the new bird,

on the block!

I had never heard of a Lazuli Bunting,

until this guy showed at one of The Holler feeders.

Now he is a Holler local.

Happy Easter to you from the beauteous blue bunting~

The Golden Boys~

are back,

at The Holler!

The golden girls are too.

This guy is a Bullocks Oriole.

All the rest are Hooded Orioles.

They are amazingly fun birds to have around,

because they have such comical personalities.

They head-bob, bicker, play and people watch.

Cheers to you from the handsome Holler orioles~