willows, coyotes, and owls

Greetings and salutations, everyone; yes, once again it is I, your popular host, Mani the purebred border collie, here today just to show some pictures, since there’s not much else going on. You may remember me from such similarly-themed posts as “Willows And Owls And Mystery Eggs”, among so many, many others.

Here I am in a characteristic pose. We’ve had snow on the ground for three week now. This isn’t normal, but it’s the way things are. So there’s no gardening going on.

Well, there was a little gardening, of sorts. The guy I live with and his friend both spent several days packing seeds for the North American Rock Garden Society’s annual seed distribution, so they met at Denver Botanic Gardens, and afterward, the guy I live with then delivered the seed packets to a house not very far from there.
He only took a few pictures.

There’s a Yucca faxoniana at our house, too; the guy I live with said that eventually it will be as big as the one on the left in the picture above.
In the picture below, you can see Cupressus arizonica ‘Observatory’ in the left background. The guy I live with says it’s a “honking big Arizona cypress”. It was grown from seeds collected by the observatory at the University of Colorado in Boulder.And talk about unusual, this is a Cupressus montana from San Pedro Martir in Baja California.
Here, there isn’t much going on at all. I know this post might seem like the “same old, same old”, but really, very little is happening.
A few days ago, on my evening walk, I noticed something by the big willow out in the field. The guy I live with couldn’t see it, so we walked a little bit farther, and then he said he saw ears.
I really super extra wanted to go investigate, but the guy I live with said No (more than fifty times).
There was a gray animal, maybe the same size as me, curled up, trying to sleep. The guy I live with couldn’t figure out what it was. The next morning it was gone, but then it was there in the evening. Then the next day we both saw it in the field; it was a coyote, just a gray one.

Speaking of coyotes:Once again I wanted to go say Hi but the guy I live with wouldn’t let me.

The gray coyote was curled up beneath this willow. There’s an owl almost in the center of the picture. This was taken yesterday evening.This evening, the owl, or its companion, was staring down at me, while the guy I live with took its picture.So that’s really it. It’s been windy most of the day; the guy I live with said it was sort of a chinook, since it’s a warm wind and a lot of the snow has evaporated.
I’ll leave you with a picture of me, in the slushy snow empinkened by the sunset. 

Until next time, then.

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33 Responses to willows, coyotes, and owls

  1. tonytomeo says:

    Those Yucca are rad! The other big specimen looks like Yucca rostrata, but could be Yucca elata. The small terrestrial Yucca to the far right looks like Yucca rupicola. The small Yucca at the base of the big Yucca faxoniana looks like a Yucca glauca or maybe a Yucca angustifolia.
    Anyway, the Arizona cypress are rad too.

  2. elisabeth says:

    Empinkened. I love that word.
    It’s just the right word for just that time of day. Lovely.

  3. Thea says:

    Border collies are never at a loss for a correct word or apt expression, and “empinkened” is a word that needed to be made up for describing exactly the snowscape in which you found yourself. And your mention of San Pedro Martir reminded me of the longish stint I spent at a working ranch which billed itself as “dude” and was on the lower slopes of that magnificent mountain range. I might even have caught sight of Cupressus montana. Lots of rare plants up there. The gray coyote of your interest, Mani, appears not to be ill-fed. Lots of bunnies there, you say? I do commend you for your willingness to serve as the guy you live with’s assistant on owl portraits. Today’s was particularly great with the owl seemingly keeping a very specific eye on you. When you assist, I recommend best behavior.

    • paridevita says:

      Thanks. It is kind of cool to live amongst coyotes and owls, though we occasionally do find things that the guy I live with says he could do without finding. Parts of things. I think they’re interesting.
      There were two coyotes but for some reason the camera only caught one.
      I guess, according to the guy I live with, the cypress only grows on the mountain there, in a small population. He had a plant here, but it died. (A familiar story.)

  4. Mee-yow wow yore Yucca’ss are furabuluss!! Mee nevurr seen a Yucca beefore…..youss’ have innterestin plantss there.
    Mani mee agreess with yore Guy! Stay FAR away from Coyotess! They can bee furry vishuss an sneeky too! Mee has bin chased bye Coyotess an they are scarey…..
    Iss grate to see yore Owl frend again…mee thinkss hee likess you both….
    An yore postss are nevurr borin Mani….wee look forwerd to them.
    Wee wish you an yore Guy a Meowy Catmass an a kinder an gentler Mew Yeer….2021 just HAS to bee bettur rite??
    **purrss** bellaDharma an ((huggiess)) LadyMew

  5. Christine says:

    Christmas Joy to you, Boon Companions!

  6. Lisa says:

    So, you don’t like to hear the word “no” I guess! That was a very nice looking coyote, thick fur. Sometimes they look so thin and mangy. Pretty pink snow. Have a nice holiday tomorrow. Boo my not-purebred Border collie is getting a new Hedgehog toy. Not his usual, but a bright pink one with lots of nibble-y parts!

    • paridevita says:

      Thanks, same to you.
      I have three hedgehogs. For some reason, they’re all named Nedgehog. Nedgehog the Hedgehog. They belonged to Chess, the purebred border collie who lived here before me, and also to Slipper, before that, who was Chess’s first cousin.
      I hear the word “No” an awful lot, if you ask me. I’m not sure what it means.

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