Monday, December 8, 2008

Cactus tree

Yesterday, I went letterboxing with my friend and neighbor, Lisa, her twin sons, Jax and Jem, their friend, Linda Sue, and her twin daughters, Raquel and Santana. We went to Bosque Del Apache, which is a wildlife and bird refuge. To find out more about Bosque Del Apache, read here.

It was a beautiful day, in the 50s and 60s, and no wind. The sky was overcast with clouds but there was no threat of rain. We planned to have a world famous green chile cheeseburger with grilled onions and french fries at The Owl Bar and Cafe in San Antonio but they are closed on Sundays. Big Drag!

So we ate at Acosta's Mexican Restaurant instead. I had a Christmas (red and green chile) burrito with potatoes and ground beef. It was good but just not the same...

This was a gallery across the street. I love this photo, the skeleton trees, the shape and colors of the building, and all the outdoor art.

At Bosque Del Apache, we toured the cactus gardens. There were several outdoor sculptures.

And primitive shelters with benches for shade.

Here's the very Lovely Lisa and her handsome twin boys, Jax and Jem.

Here are some photos of the cacti. I'm sorry, but I can't remember what they're all called! I'll just name the ones I can remember.
I think the one on the right is a cholla (pronounced cho-ya).
Golden barrel? Pretty, isn't it?This one is called a Horse Crippler Cactus. WOW! Look at those spikes!
This one is called Christmas Cactus. It has lots of red berries and is gorgeous!

This is a Pencil Cholla.
I thought this cactus was rather interesting. It's called an Arizona Rainbow. It kinda blew me away! What do you think of it? This was an interesting sculpture of a scorpion.

I really "dug" this critter. It was made with a shovel and a railroad spike.
To be continued...

Cactus tree- song: Cactus, artist: David Bowie covering the Pixies, album: Heathen


Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Oh wow! Your pictures turned out really good, Val. I really like the perspective on that primitive shelter, too.
And that photo of me and my boys...awww! Thanks for taking that. I don't have all that many photos of my kids and I together either.

Hey maybe you can take a holiday photo of all five of us? I was wanting to get a photo with Baby Doll in it this year, since I did the llamas last year.

Anyway, it was great to see all those cacti again through your photos. I really enjoy gardens which is reminding me to visit the BioPark soon, too. Don't you just love the Botanical Gardens?

Well, we'll just have to head back to Bosque del Apache in the Spring to find that other box, and hide your tecolote. AND....get our Owl Cafe green chile burger fix finally! (notice I didn't say 'cheese') lol!


Fantastyk Voyager said...

Thanks for the compliment. You're very generous. I just wish the colors came out clearer. They seem washed out.
I'd love to take some family photos of all of you!
Yes, we will need to return to Bosque del Apache, won't we?

Melanie said...

I am loving your trip!!!
Did you know that when I graduate next summer, I am coming over for a ride and margaritas?? Just ask!!!!

Seriously though, if I come to NM, I want the two of you to take me on a tour. :)

Seeing those sculptures of the birds (emus or ostriches??) made me think that Lisa needs to get a pair to add to her menagerie at home!

Glad you had a good time, and I am supposed to be writing a paper right now. Put that in your sociology paper...teeheehee!!!

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Oh, Melanie, Do come! That would be awesome!

I believe they are some sort of crane in that sculpture. Gorgeous, isn't it?

The Wades said...

Lovin' the cactus shots. :)