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Spring is Coming!

The autumn sage in my backyard is abloom in scarlet, but most of the other shrubs in my backyard are just beginning to green up for spring. I’ve seen a few hummingbirds feeding from the autumn sage, but they haven’t let me get close enough to photograph them, so I’m looking forward to summer, when I’ll get to see this once again, right outside my back door.




Hummingbirds are resident in most temperate and tropical areas in the western hemisphere. In southern Arizona, it’s common to see them in residential neighborhoods, especially in yards where the human residents have put out feeders.



Roper Lake State Park, Safford, AZ

Bird calls filled the air yesterday when V and I went to Roper Lake State Park for a picnic. Lake Roper is about 35 acres set out in the arid fringes where the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts come together. It’s only about 35 acres — more of a stock tank than a lake, really, but water is precious here, and we enjoy what we have. The sky was overcast and yesterday’s high temperature was in the 70s, so I didn’t see many people actually in the water. On and around the water, though, that was a different matter — the swimming beach was crowded, and there were folks fishing from the pier and the shore, and even a couple of boats out floating.