Friday, October 17, 2008
I never cease to be amazed at these desert creatures. Their tenacity is astounding. This is a very hot place in the summer, with drying wind. It is actually cold enough to occasionally freeze in the winter, and the wind is cold. It is dry year round. Yet, the abundance of life is still evident.
Last week, my husband planted some new cactus in our yard. A friend and neighbor was kind enough to give us some cuttings from his cactus. I don't know too much about growing cactus, but the neighbor told us to let them dry out, and then to plant them. So that is what Matthias did. Well, about two days after he planted these cactus, I was up early, looking out the front window at the full moon, when I spotted a jack rabbit, munching away at the cactus as though we planted it just for him!!!! I can't believe it! I mean, these jackrabbits apparently know how to eat between the prickly parts, or maybe they can eat the prickly parts, too. Whatever it is, I am impressed. So of course I had to go out and take some photos for you.
The biggest cactus, the one in the second photo, is now completely eaten. I mean, completely! I have put a wire cage around the other one, so it is still there, but a third cactus has been attacked, as of just last night. I had photos of that one, too, but Photoshop is not cooperating, and I need to finish my preparations for the Studio Tours.
Have a great weekend, all. I will post about the tours next week.