I think a better word for Fall, is Full. Everything is full…. the rain gauge (almost 10″ this year so far!), the billowing, late monsoon clouds, cactus loaded with fruit, trees lush with leaves, critters feasting and getting ready to hibernate, hearts getting ready for the holidays. It has to be the best time to live in the desert!
The white wing dove’s nest’s are still full, with the 3rd and final round of summer babies before they leave for the winter.
The prickly pears are bursting with a bounty of fruit, ready to pick now through the end of October. We’ve already been picking some of the fruit for our favorite resident…
T.L.’s favorite!…and she is certainly getting her fill before she hibernates!
Our other favorite residents, Jairy (the javelina) and his buddies, are bringing their little one’s around so they can fill up for the cooler months to come.
The birds are thick….migrating through the backyard, keeping Todd on his toes, trying to keep the feeders full.
Not to mention the hummingbird feeders, which get drained every night (this time of year), with the bats coming through to feed! Although luckily, the hummers have a few other sources in the yard for their sweet sustenance.
We are looking forward to our own sweet treats later this fall.We are going to get the mesquite beans milled into flour. We’ve collected and filled two 5 gallon pails, which will hopefully yield enough flour to make…um…..something…sweet???
We should also have a bumper crop of oranges, come February! There are literally hundreds of little oranges growing on the two orange trees in Todd’s Backyard.
We are truly thank-full to have made it through the Summer to enjoy this beauti-full and bounti-full fall!