There's a very clean bunny who looks like his mom and dad brought him lots of yummy to-grow-on meals. He hops himself up the berms and takes the lantana leaves in his paws and I can just about hear him sigh.
The ground squirrels are making a mess of my newly rock-mulched front yard as they drop the husks barrel cacti tuna on their way home.
The birds hide someplace during the heat of the day, but the morning sun brings dozens of woodpeckers and doves and assorted don't-mind-me-I'm-just-migrating-through species. They weigh down the branches of the palo verde surrounding the saguaro, all but the lone black bird who perches on the tallest branch of the neighbor's ocotillo. My sentinel, my gatekeeper, and today, my muse. I needed to take his picture, so out I went, camera and cane in hand, exploring the great outdoors on two feet and a metal prop.
The yellow is popping up all over town, trees waking up after this cold dry winter and renewing my faith in the garden.
One drenching downpour and the ocotillo are orange tipped.
One warm weekend and the hesperaloe parviflora stalks sprout up out of nowhere.
And the cacti.
The what-you-imagine-when-you-think-of-the-desert cacti.
And that bird? The one that drew me outside? Like my muse on most days, he is just out of reach, flying away as I opened the front door, taking the deeper, more meaningful posts with him and leaving us with another spring afternoon and a garden post.
It's nice to be finding my way back.