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VIRTUAL PHOTO TOUR II

Cats and Other Rescued Pets; New Mexico Wildflowers;
Ridge Rock Formations; New Mexico Wildlife


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CATS, KITTENS and OTHER PETS

“Never ask a hungry cat whether he loves you for yourself alone.”
Louis J. Camuti


Our pet population was dependent upon where and when they were dumped by the roadside, a seemingly favorite pastime in that remote area of New Mexico. Some of the kitties were from a friend who bred Scottish Folds, and others were from animal shelters, and then there were those who just found us along their way. We rescued over 35 cats and kittens, 10 or more puppies and dogs.

We live with four calico cats, and one new very spotted grey/white kitten called TrotTrot, who are our garden mousers and spoiled rotten. We also have two dogs who took it upon themselves to bring home an abandonded puppy that we have named Snappers, making a family of three dogs.


McPuppy                                   Smokey Bear

McSpookers


Mama Cat                              Lightening and Thunderpaws


Thunderpaws                                 Tim-Tim

TrotTrot

Pumpkin Pie                                      McWeezer


Fluff Fluff                                Three cats at pond


Mr. Big                                                 P'Bers


Trash (rescued from a dump)                                 Mau


Mama Cat & Chxoshii                                Silver Bells


Stripers                               Sara Mittens


Kiva                               Kiko


Market                               Moonbeam



PUPPIES AND DOGS



Zhinni Bear                               Chxoshii


Roxanne                                       Kodiak


Talker                                  Zhinni, Smokey Bear & Kodiak

Snappers


CHICKENS, FROGS, AND PARAKEETS


Turken Hen                                        Mr.Rooster

Greenhouse Frog                                   Parakeets





NEW MEXICO WILDFLOWERS

“Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty if only we have the eyes to see them.”
John Ruskin

Living in a high altitude desert environment brought many suprises, including the color bursts of annual wildflowers that bloomed in abundance during a spring that followed a wet fall. Only when conditions were favorable would their seeds germinate and grow. They were the "drought escapers" - their seeds dormant for a decade, bursing into bloom under the right conditions.

The perennials usually bloomed after the summer rains, and were equally dramatic to view. Since the conditions were always different from year to year, it was always a suprise to see what happened.

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Globe Mallow                                   Hookers Evening Primrose


Indian Parsley                                    Indian Paintbrush

Mexican Hat                                        Spiderwort


Bee Balm                                        Cowpen Daisy


Prairie Sunflower                                         Pale Trumpets


Field of Cowpen Daisies                                 Prickly Pear Blossoms


Mexican Campion                                  Stemless Evening Primrose


Groundsel                                        Fleabane Daisy



RIDGE ROCK FORMATIONS

“Here is the great mystery of life and growth: Everything is changing, growing, aiming at something, but silently, unboastfully, taking its time.”
Ruth Stout

We were surrounded by deposits of sandstone and limestone laid down in seas that covered the Zuni Mountain area during the Permian times. Eroision left these amazing rock formations that bordered the southern edge of our land.


Eroision Rock                                        Cliff Rocks


Balance Rock                                      Rock Formations


Sandstone Cave                                     Cliff Edge Rocks



NEW MEXICO WILDLIFE

"Let us create Peace by our thoughts and our actions. Then let us share this Peace with the birds of the air, the creatures of the sea, And all who dwell upon the earth. For all life is interconnected. The smallest is no less precious than the largest."
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Living in an area of volcanic and sandstone formations provided great opportunities for wildlife viewing. The area was home to black bear, mule deer, elk, coyotes, bobcats, and burrowing owls who had dens in the prairie dog towns. There were red-tailed hawks, purple finches, and goldfinches. Pinon, Stellar's and Scrub jays that frequented our birdfeeders, along with many varieties of sparrows, juncos, and chickadees. We saw American kestrels, Lewis woodpeckers, turkey vultures, an occasional bald eagle, and canyon wrens. Violet-green swallows came in the early spring to nest and raise their young under a deep overhang 150 feet above the ground up on our ridge. There were Peregrine falcons, kangaroo rats, mice, jack rabbits and cottontails.


Stellar's Jay                                     Sphinx Moth  


Scrub Jays                                          Pinon Jays


Mourning Dove                                      Lazulli Bunting


Lewis Woodpecker                                    Grossbeak and Lazulli Bunting


Salamander                                         House Finches


Bobcat                                        Hoverfly





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