Banjo is walking in summer, field shoes, since everything has become prickly and stickery, I shave her feet, pads and hocks and give a quick check after we walk.
*foxtails, like the one in Jo's fur in this shot can kill a dog and I've known a few that have died as a result. They can burrow in the skin generally in the folds between the toes or armpits, they can travel down ear canals and puncture eardrums. They can be snuffled up the nasal passage and become very difficult to find and retrieve and cause severe infection. They are very well designed, it's one way in and no way back out except with surgery sometimes, so be careful and check your dog after a day in the field. Hiking is out of the question for my yorkie this time of year, he accompanies me on errand, yesterday, the welding supply. You should see those big men melt over a tiny dog...funny.
This time of year out hills look like Tuscany. See the row of Italian Stone Pines in the rear to the right (they look like broccoli) they were planted years ago I assume when this area was an Angora Goat ranch, authentico!
I stood at this hill for the longest time trying to get shots of the hummingbirds sipping. This is quite a nice hummingbird garden including, penstemon, coyote bush, native honeysuckle and mimulas, to name just a few.
Hummingbirds were there (see the tiny sprite on the high bare branch) but they were sparring, they can be angry little fireballs at times nearly parting your hair as they zing by.
I thought this dove in flight was pretty against the gray sky.
The Chilopsis or desert willow in my garden is bursting, ker blam!!