I was recently visiting my parents, my first visit to their new house. I was excited to see how they decorated and made their new place a home. When you arrive to their Spanish style home I was greeted by a row of rose trees. It is an impressive arrival as there are 18 trees lining the retention wall in their front yard. At their previous house (the one I grew up in, but we aren’t discussing that today) they did not have any roses so this was a new treat. Throughout the past year I would get random text messages with pictures from my Mom showing off rose arrangements from their front yard. The roses were a variety of different colors and always looked stunning in the house, so I was looking forward to seeing them in person.
When we arrived they did not disappoint. All trees had a bounty of roses blooming in a different stages. Then you learn the roses names, which that is a job I want because the names are fun and romantic with a pinch of sass. Some of even sound like race horse names; Good as Gold, Double Delight, and In the Mood. It was also interesting to see how the roses changed colors during their life span. The Chihuly will start with a yellow center and red outside, as it ages the yellow fades to white. Let me show you some of my favorites.
My parents also have a wild life park in the canyon behind their house. Hubby and I have been hearing stories about all the critters that they have seen living on the canyon. Rabbits, squirrels, coyotes, but the most fascinating has been the roadrunners. Yup real life roadrunners. No they don’t look like the cartoon, they are much smaller with brown tones to help them blend in with the canyon.
They have become such apart of life at my parents house now that we have gone to naming them. At first there was only one, which we call Warner. Get it? Warner Brothers?!? I am proud to say that I named him. Then they discovered Warner had a mate, and Dad named her Sophie. I don’t remember why Sophie but she has become Sophie. (I know, I have a thing with naming animals, remember George the Turtle? We have not seen him recently. We think he has moved on to a bigger sand pit.) How can we tell they are male or female? We really can’t, my parents just went with the fact that Warner is larger than Sophie so he must be male and that they hang out together so they must be a couple. Obviously. My mother has been hoping for little baby roadrunners, and this past weekend she had her wish come true. We have not finalized the baby’s name.
We don’t have pictures of baby roadrunner yet because these suckers are fast and can be hard to take pictures of. First you have to spot them, then you have to make it outside with your camera and hope they don’t run away, then you have to move very slowly to get to a good spot to take their picture. 9.9 times out of 10 they are on the move. I also think I need a telephoto lens (shhh don’t tell the Hubby). The only picture I got was from an afternoon that I spent an hour just watching the canyon and found this guy who was on the move. When we are back this summer I hope to get more pictures.
If you have any suggestions for baby roadrunner’s name, please share! Have a great week!