Jo’s morning walk…bathing beauty

Posted: May 11, 2020 in Monday walk
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Let’s start our walk this morning in the backyard where overnight our torch cactus has lit one glorious torch. I see that there are a multitude of small buds that will soon flower as well, but for now this bloom is alone.

What I see along the canal is about the same as on any other day: fish surfacing briefly for breakfast bugs, ducks, great-tailed grackles, and lots of mourning doves, the latter flushed out of the undergrowth by my approach. However, this is a day for singular sights: the torch bloom first and then on my way home via a new street, I notice a large fountain, a fountain evidently also serving as a shower for one of the most elusive birds since our move. Who knew getting clean could be so much fun? I was astonished to be able to capture this on my phone, but don’t worry, no R-rating here!

(Be sure to click on the arrow. The video will right itself and I promise you’ll enjoy the show!)

Partway through the day I look out to find that the torch has been put out, possibly by the heat. The flowers before this lasted longer, but even they wilted by evening. I guess in this case it’s true that only the good die young.

It’s still early, so you’re welcome to come in, at a social distance, for a cup of tea or some homemade granola with either milk or yogurt before you continue on your way. Then enjoy your Monday!

for Jo’s Monday Walk

  1. Great footage of the hummer taking a bath! I don’t think I’ve ever seen any do that. Thanks for sharing.

  2. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Janet,

    What a beautiful video. Today we saw (for the first time ever) a Tui taking a bath in the water bowl we put out for the quail. Something in the air…

    Stay safe,

    D + V

    • It was a sight that made me very happy. Today while I walked, a hummingbird came quite close, attracted by the bright rose-colored shirt I was wearing. That’s happened before and is always fun.

      I hope your week’s off to a good start and you both stay safe as well.

  3. Kally says:

    The photos are beautifully taken. The colours are so vibrant, really capture my eye. Thank you for sharing with us.

  4. The cacti blooms are beautiful and the hummingbird is adorable. 😊

  5. restlessjo says:

    Wow! How about that for a pre-breakfast treat? You must have been so thrilled, Janet. I doubt I’d have had the presence of mind to start recording. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Did that flowering cactus come with the house? Another treat! The flower looks huge. You’ll have to wait for the next one now. Many thanks for sharing!

    • It was quite a thrill, Jo, but I had no idea whether the phone would do a good job or not or whether if I stopped, the hummingbird might fly off. Yes, the cactus came with the house and this is the third flowering. Not sure we’ll get any more after that, but it’s been wonderful seeing each bloom.

  6. Your walks sure have a whole new look to them. I hope you are enjoying your new home state.

  7. rugby843 says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

  8. lolaWi says:

    delightful video and the flowers are gorgeous πŸ™‚

  9. Ally Bean says:

    The bird in the fountain is delightful. Good job getting that on video.

  10. Your torch blossom was lovely, and the footage on the Hummingbird was delightful!!

  11. belocchio says:

    The torch blossom caught my heart. The hummingbird carried it away. Thank you Thank you Thank you

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