Wednesday, January 29, 2014

reconnect with nature....el chupacabra

Somewhat of an urban legend in these parts, el chupacabra is a mythical creature renowned for its attacks on livestock and other farm animals. Sightings have been reported all over the Americas, specifically in the southwestern USA, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. There have been over 2000 alleged sightings of the chupacabra.

Linking up with Chrisy down under at living a good north coast life and sharing a little of the natural, (and sometimes unusual), world around us.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

walking softly and listening to the mesa

 The mesa and the mountain.
Bird tracks in the sand.
 An arrowhead!
Fire on the mountain.
Desert kangaroo rat tracks.
 Owl pellet.
 The tiniest vertebrae.
Another owl pellet.
A painted potshard. Approximately 800 years old.
I love walking this earth, listening, learning, sharing what I find. Nature is an incredible teacher, full of lessons, full of life and death, and full of hope.
May all of you walk with nature's beauty, wherever you are.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

reconnect with nature....crow crossing

Crow crossing. 
The tracks I find each morning remind me how many different birds and animals live on the mesa and how busy this place must be when I'm not around!
Linking up with Chrisy down under at living a good north coast life and sharing a little of nature's beauty.

Sunday, January 19, 2014


High on the mesa, in the stillness of a desert morning, I find feathers. Ragged feathers, torn from the wings. Bones, chewed and broken.
Small, delicate, and sacred, the vertebrae of a raven reveals itself to me. I turn and find the breastbone. Together, they make the cage that held the heart.
The soul of the raven, gone. Flying high, circling, watching. Free.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

reconnect with nature....a handful of treasures

Prehistoric mano, used for grinding corn, grains, ect.

 Petrified wood.
 The road.
 An owl pellet, chock full of bones.
 A prehistoric potshard.
Final count:
 Five pieces of petrified wood. 
One potshard, approximately 800 years old.
One mano, same age.
One raven feather.
And one owl pellet.

Not too bad for a morning on the mesa.

Linking up with Chrisy down under at living a good north coast life and sharing a little of the natural world around us.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

reconnect with nature....ground cherry

Sheltered under a cedar tree, this pod had survived one of New Mexico's crazy, windy days. Similar to a small tomato, the fruit is edible too! It's one of those strange little wonders in the desert.

Linking up with the wonderful Chrisy, at living a good north coast life, sharing a little bit of the natural world around us.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Friday WASHED my toys??

just like peas and carrots


Usually it's morning when we hike/run the dogs/watch while Pinto tries to collect the names of all the rabbits on the mesa. But on this day, just to be different, we went out to the west mesa in the afternoon.

Sunlight flooded the mesa at an angle that happens only this time of year. Warm, low light. The kind of light that leaves me god-awesome struck with the power of nature. I do believe the cacti glowed in this light. I know the desert grasses sang out as I walked by.

The husband was the recipient of a gift....two pieces of prehistoric pottery....which took only nine years for our highly trained eyes to find. (It ain't Colorado, but then we're not comparing....)

Despite our grumbling and discontent, the mesa's been surprisingly good to us.

We're just like peas and carrots out here.