Photos on the journey #459


Ah, the signature plant of West Texas. There is probably no other weed, other than perhaps the dandelion, that has been paid so much attention.

I found that the tumbleweed has been used as the name for: bars, saloons, songs, movies, a comic strip, dance halls, newspapers, people’s name, commercial farm, a gymnastic club, musical group, restaurants, youth center, bookstore, and the title of a book. There is even a heath center in Arizona named after the tumbleweed albeit defined as “Arizona’s Premier Medical Cannabis Education Center” so perhaps it is a “twist” on the name.

Honest to God, as a child growing up in west Texas, my parents gathered them, painted them gold ,silver, green or red, then piled them pyramid stye in a corner of the house, hung decorations on them and we called it  a “Christmas” tree. I thought we were just innovative, not poor.

They were either a cause or a product of the dust bowl. The saddest use I heard was in the Ken Burn’s documentary on the Dust Bowl. An older lady described that while growing up on a farm trying to eek out life in the bowl, she and her sister were given the painful task of gathering the weeds and then with their bare feet having to crush them for use as fodder for beast and family. Now, that was someone who was indeed poor, innovative and desperate.

Peaceout †††en theos ††† jlawrence

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #166

In my last posted photo of a coyote, I had put up an image of an injured, weak, broken and lonely coyote. This one was healthy, strong, and running with a pack of four. What a difference friends and family can make!

Yesterdays post of the sparrow spoke of that bird’s story as an immigrant. Not so with the coyote. Coyotes are native only to North America.

“The coyote is a living, breathing allegory of Want. He is always hungry. He is always poor, out of luck and friendless. The meanest creatures despise him and even the flea would desert him for a velocipede.”
…Roughing It….Mark Twain
While populations of many other animals are shrinking, coyote populations are actually increasing. Coyotes once lived only in prairies and deserts of the western United States and in Mexico. Today they thrive almost anywhere in North America.The coyote’s keen intelligence and senses help it adapt to many different habitats: forests, deserts, prairies, mountains, suburbs, cities, and even golf courses.

I love this fact “In order to not get detected by predators, sometimes coyotes walk on their toes to make as little noise as possible.”  Would love to see a coyote walking on his “tippy toes”

This trickster of Native American tales often gets fooled—but it always bounces back.

Bounce back on your journey†††nada te turbe†††jim

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #164

We spotted this Ferruginious Hawk (Buteo regalis) on a “last call” flight for the evening. He was looking for one more feeding before roosting for the evening. The Ferrugineous Hawk means “rusty color” and refers to the coloration of the wings and legging feathers. Before the extermination of the bison, their nests were often partially made from bison bones and wool. A group of hawks is rightfully known (along with other names) as a “tower” of hawks.

R Kelly #1 hit of 1996 I CAN FLY  played through my head. That music was used in several Michael Jordon videos and the movie Space Jam.

“I believe I can fly
I believe I can touch the sky
I think about it every night and day
Spread my wings and fly away
I believe I can soar
I see me running through that open door
I believe I can fly
I believe I can fly
I believe I can fly”

Believe you can fly on your journey†††nada te turbe††jim