Under The Palm Trees

Out of the Sun (and in the Sun)

We’re having so much fun!


November 12th Volunteer Potluck Dinner

Outside of the Palm House…

Unexpected guests…

Wiley, the Coyote

A Tarantula Hawk…

Just so you know, tarantula hawks are the largest members of the spider wasp family of some 5,000-species strong that prey solely on spiders. And you guessed it, tarantula hawks prey upon the largest of all spiders, tarantulas. (sciencefriday.com) According to Justin O. Schmidt, author of The Sting of the Wild, “Stung by a tarantula hawk? The advice I give in speaking engagements is to lie down and scream. The pain is so debilitating and excruciating that the victim is at risk of further injury by tripping in a hole or over an object in the path and then falling onto a cactus or into a barbed-wire fence. Such is the sting pain that almost nobody can maintain normal coordination or cognitive control to prevent accidental injury. Screaming is satisfying and helps reduce attention to the pain of the sting.” (Yeppers, that’s just about the way our Preserve Manager, Ginny Short, explained it! Thank goodness this tarantula hawk was DOA.)


Thirsty Thursdays

We share some brewskis after “work” with Gregg, our neighbor and co-host, and Tyler, our aquatic biologist. Tyler is restoring McCallum pond to its natural state to provide the perfect refugium for pup fish.


Our Big and Little  Backyard

Sit back, relax, and enjoy as you scroll through the world we live in…

The Crescent Moon…

This summer I learned how to use the moon as a compass at one of the Summer Reading Programs in Port Orford sponsored by the library and organized by my good friend Cheryl, the Children’s and Teens’ Librarian.

Imagine a line connecting the endpoints of the crescent. Where this imaginary line projects to the horizon, points South. Therefore…

White-Crowned Sparrows identified through my binoculars… And yes, birdwatching is becoming a new hobby, but proving frustrating…

Cigar rings over Squaw Hill…

McCallum Trail and Moon Country…

Smoketree Ranch Trail…

Joshua Tree National Park in the distance…

A Cooper’s Hawk…

Approaching the Palm House Visitor Center from the Smoketree Ranch Trail…

Views from the parking lot…

The “Palm Monster from the Oasis Preserve”…


A White Christmas

On the lower elevations of the mountains…


The Stool Bus

The day the septic tank blew up…

These emoji are hilarious!


New Year’s Eve

Wiley the Coyote wishes us an “auld lang syne.”

And the year rides off into the sunset.

Farewell, 2019.

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