One Hot Spring, August 2018

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July rains made for some exciting Spirit Walks and Aravaipa Wash, normally a dry riverbed, ran fast and hard several times this Summer. Our grandson, Hunter, plays on the muddy bank.

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Several years ago, the South Canopy had to be moved 10 feet  because, on those rare occasions when it rained, a trail of rainwater was constantly flooding the fireplace. This year’s rains created a new river into the fireplace and so we created a small channel and dyke to divert the water. We don’t get a lot of rain, but one wants to be ready when it does.

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IMG_0026Thinking he was safe from the rain in this tent, our communicant failed to put on a rain cover and describes having buckets of water thrown on him. Even after hours of a torrential downpour both of that night’s communicants came in smiling!

IMG_9249Molly. The rain makes her joints hurt, but she likes the new growth!

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An experiment in temperature modification for the Grandchildren’s’ Greenhouse! Installation of an evaporative cooler to create cooler temps and additional humidity. It is believed that these measures will prevent pesticide damage.

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Since moving the grafts outside the peyote has grown large  and beautiful. Most of these grafts are three years old. Top plant pictured is a Lophophora williamsii caespitosa.

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Elusive broad billed hummingbird

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Still transplanting. Peyote wants bigger containers and a new mix is being tested: small grade pumice, with black lava rock, zen sand(calcium carbonate) and worm castings.

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Screening some Red lava rock that has too much “fines”. (fine sand)

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Mana House-soon to get new shelves!!

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As described by a recent spirit walk communicant, alpha coyote, “King of the North field,” leaves his signature scat containing lots of mesquite beans

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Baby bunny likes them too, or is that? . . . no – coyotes love mesquite beans!

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Looking like his ancestor velociraptor, Roadrunner surveys the area for prey. You don’t want to be smaller than a Roadrunner!! Feed my babies sweet.

Below: Baby Roadrunners on nest in parking area tree.

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And what do we eat?

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Stir Fried vegetables (with garden Anaheim peppers)

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and Salad made with lettuce, sprouts, grated garden cucumber, garden tomatoes and fresh avocado!

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When it rains the weeds grow creating a fire hazard. Thanks Dave!!

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Three times annually we clear one HWY 70 mile from mile marker 326-327 of rubbish, and for that we get this cool sign!!

 

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