Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tucson Day Three--More Sunrise and Bird Shots

I find the heat here strange and interesting. Today, it got up to 107 degrees and was very hot. You'll see some birds (house finches, mostly) here that congregated on the balcony outside my room that look like they are panting! Wouldn't be surprised. Anyway, when I went out at 5:30 it was already hot, although in this heat you don't tend to sweat much, you just feel hot, but not unbearably so. At home, it's very uncomfortable when it's in the 90s, but the humidity is high, making it much more unbearable than the heat here.

During one of my morning sessions, I chose a seat by the windows overlooking a balcony where a family of birds was learning how to fly. There were four babies, although I think one was not a real family member. It looked very different from the others. I want to say it was a road runner while the others were gnatcatchers. But I'm no expert. It was fun to watch them, though. They actually helped me keep my attention on the speaker better because I had something to keep me awake!

3 comments:

sunny said...

Beautiful pics Rondi. I especially like the last one of this post (with the sun on the cactus) and the first one of the previous post (with the pink flowers on the cactus). Do you get to see any Alpine glow, or is Tuscon too low for that? I've never been to Tuscon. Would love to experience it. Be sure to stay well hydrated. You actually are sweating but don't realize it from the quick evaporation effect of the dryness.

Patty said...

Love the pictures Rondi. Tuscon is quite the place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there : )
I stepped out of our car to take a photo of the cactus and right near me was the biggest meanest rattler. Didn't like that !

mon@rch said...

Looks like such a wonderful place to visit! I hope to get to TX one day during peak migration!