Yesterday morning on my early walk, I ran across some beautiful flower bushes, dried and flowerless after the spring flowers had faded away. I remembered taking photos of those huge bushes when the flowers were blooming, full of green bushy foliage. I looked back into my March photos and found them, it doesn’t appear I had posted them at that time.
The flowers are most beautiful. But I also think the heat singed flower stalks have a beauty all their own and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share them. I thought the “Surprise” photo challenge was perfect.
Make sure to scroll to the bottom of the flower photos for a couple of additional morning surprises along my walking path yesterday. 😊
I have seen many roadrunners over the years I have lived here. Never have I seen the bit of red that runs through the back side of their head. Yesterday I had three roadrunners who were friendly and patient with me while I snapped a few photos. I noticed the red on two of them. I also saw when I looked at the photos more closely that they have blue coloring around the back side of their eyes. I looked this up and verified it is normal. At first, I thought he may have had a head injury. This is a greater roadrunner, a part of the cuckoo family. This roadrunner is also known as the chaparral cock, ground cuckoo and snake killer. We also know for a fact that he is a lizard killer 😊
A story to me means a plot where there is some surprise. Because that is how life is – full of surprises. ~Isaac Bashevis Singer
Finally, I also happened upon this beautiful lizard. Again, he was in no hurry, allowing me to take several photos! This is the desert spiny lizard. I have no interesting facts about him, except that he is simply beautiful!
When I headed out on my walk yesterday morning at 6:00 am, temperature already hitting 80 degrees, I had no idea I would discover so many exciting surprises!
Searching is half the fun: life is much more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party.