Thursday, August 29, 2013

A Gullywasher and a Shower

Hints of rain, a little rain, a lot of rain, and then one helluva windy gullywasher of a rainstorm all in the same day. Yep. All...in...the...same...dang...day. It was wonderful. Unhappily of course, I forgot to snap any photos of the tumult but I did notice that the new member of the family got a good all day shower from the incident. Now how many of us get to say that, huh? Yep. Now she's a brand new black. Well, you know, versus the dusty black that's usually the case around here. I know, I know, you might be a tad confused. But I'll show ya what I mean.

The new member of the family. Meet 4Runner. Now Lil' Red won't be so lonely. 
Yep. I got another vee-hickle. A 95 Toyota 4Runner. It's got that new-fangled Ay-Cee that throws out free air. I just love it. It's also 4x4 just like Lil' Red. In fact. The body and many of the functions are the same since Toyota did use the Pickup body and basic functions and motor as the basis for the creation of the 4Runner. I also like it for the extra room for groceries and hiking trips as well as to tote the kids to the Vet when they need it for their shots and basic care.

Which reminds me....(groan)...I'm sorry, did I just groan outloud? I've heard that we are expecting again. You know yer in trouble when you hear you're expecting, from the FedEx Driver. Not only that but it was the last thing I was thinking about while I was in the Big Bend Cafe getting a soda from the fountain. I'm just minding my own business, grabbin' the large size cup, nonchalantly placing it under the ice dispenser while thinking about my day ahead of me and arranging my work schedule, glancing over and saying another nonchalant hello to the FedEx Driver and...BAM!..."You have a chihuahua puppy on the way. Coco will be ready to take home in about four weeks."

Uh...I'm sorry...wha...what? That's when the cup over filled with ice. Well. Not only am I expecting but it's been named. Well, of course I will love it and give it a happy home. But it would be nice if I could have been informed about it before I heard it in the wait line at the Big Bend Cafe register. When I arrived home I just sort of threw it out there to Raoul, you know, in between petting the over exuberant Jeffrrey, the other chihuahua, and pouring myself a glass of milk. Raoul didn't even flinch. "You said you wanted another chihuahua." Me: "I said I wanted to see if the neighbors still wanted to find a home for their chihuahua, Chica." Raoul: "Oh. Well, they are not going to give away Chica."

Well. I guess that settled that. I've already seen a photo of Coco. You know it's over when you either see a photo of the darlin' or you look in their eyes. A word of advice....never...and I do mean NEVER look a dog or cat in the eyes. If you do...you might as well go to the store right then and there and buy the pet food. It's over.

El Rio Grande at the exit point of Santa Elena Canyon inside Big Bend National Park, August 2013
Raoul and I took the 4Runner for a drive into BBNP the other day. Drove down Maverick Rd and then to Santa Elena Canyon. Parked and walked to the river where we ran into a group of tourists swimming in the river. How do I know they are tourists? Because they're swimming in the river. A few locals may do that, but by and large, uhm...nope.

I took some photos of some wildflowers that we encountered along the way. You see? No matter what time of the year it is here in the Chihuahuan Desert, one can always find something blooming and thriving here. The desert is not the barren place that folks think that it is.

Santa Elena Canyon, BBNP August 2013
If you have never been to Santa Elena Canyon, you would probably not know this but this is looking into the exit of Santa Elena Canyon and you can't tell it, however, Terlingua Creek is emptying into the Rio Grande from the right of the photo.


One of the many species of wildflower in the daisy family blooming here in the Chihuahuan Desert, August 2013, Maverick Rd, BBNP

I think this is the Mexican Poppy but I am not sure, August 2013, Maverick Rd,  BBNP

One of many butterflies, a Sulphur I do believe, taste-testing the flora, August 2013, Maverick Rd, BBNP
After a wonderful drive and a bit of short hikes inside BBNP we arrived home to eat dinner. I was on the phone with a friend from California when Raoul rushes into the house and tells me that I need to come outside. So, with phone in hand and still talking to my friend Marafin, I see why Raoul is so excited. The sun is setting and due to the apparently large amount of haze in the air due to all the fires in California at Yosemite and Idaho and Colorado the sun is a giant ball of red. The usual unviewable glare of the sun has been diminished to a dull red glow. I rush to get my camera but I already know what's going to happen. I don't have that great of a zoom lens. Most of my shots are in the macro range. My kit lens picks it up as just a small red dot in the photo. But, as you can see, it's the sun setting, not the moon. It was beautiful none the less. After all, we have to enjoy it as it happens.

Terlingua Sunset, August 2013
The mountain you see in the distance is Sawtooth Mountain which is the usual landmark in many of my sunset shots as taken from the front desk of the Big Bend Resort and Adventures motel.

I hope you all have a great evening and remember...

The world is what we make it.

Charlton

2 comments:

JACKIESUE said...

I'm absolutely mesmerized by your photos...they are beautiful.

Charlton Vaughan said...

Thank you Jackiesue. I'm glad that you enjoy them as much as I like capturing them. It's so much like being able to capture a memory of color. Then being able to go back and revisit that moment or that wonderful red or blue or green.