Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Tucson--Day Four

I just checked the weather at home. It's 43 degrees cooler there than it was here today! That's the same number, by the way, that the Celtics were up, at one point, last night. I happily watched the game, but am missing all the hoopla that went on in Boston today. It's a lot of fun seeing and feeling a city that's alive with excitement. We've experience that a lot the past few years =)

I'm listening to a rerun of the Memorial Service for Tim Russert and am laughing with the nun who taught him English over his declaration that he will never need to know the difference between a subject and predicate. You can imagine I've heard that line myself. Many times. And guess what? I have said it myself. As a teacher! Of course it does matter that you know how to use them, but that's another story... I'll miss Tim...

We had the afternoon and evening free tonight, wouldn't you know. I stayed inside during the heat of the day but went out for a walk at sunset. I had an interesting encounter with a killdeer, ironically after Monarch posted some amazing pictures of killdeer chicks (he called them killfawns). I haven't seen a killdeer in years, and all of a sudden, there one is, crossing my path and then hiding from my sight. I tried taking pictures, but it was kind of dark and its camouflage is outstanding. It is in the center of these pictures. See if you can see it!

5 comments:

La Tea Dah said...

I've enjoyed your Arizona tour. You're a great guide! You are in one of my favorite cities! We have family near there and visit their ranch every year. And yes, their are real lions! But then we have to be careful of them in our wilderness here as well. Exciting times!

I hope you enjoy your next summer adventure. I look forward to a report!

LaTeaDah

Beth said...

Thanks for sharing Arizona with us--I keep reading about kildeer in people's blogs they must be very active (or inactive) right now. I hope to see one now that I know why they limp around in the middle of the road.

mon@rch said...

How wonderful you found that Killdeer! You are too kind and thanks for linking to my site!

Rondi said...

The funny thing about this killdeer is that it was almost like it was playing hide and seek with me. It would hunker down and wait. Then pop up, look around, see me, and flatten out again. I kept trying to get closer for a good picture, but kept losing it in the ground. Amazing camouflage!

Ruth said...

Kildeer do have a big range. Ours fly here in the spring from the south, but some must stay in the south as well. I am wearing slippers and a sweater tonight. It is unseasonably chilly here!