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Dove Days of Summer

As you can see here, the thermometer indicated over 100 F, or about 40 C… a pretty typical temperature for Phoenix, Arizona in March.

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Just before this heat wave began, a dove chose our patio for its nesting site. You can also see a tiny dove in the nest if you look closely.

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The mother dove managed to produce two baby doves during her stay. Then, in about a week or two the young doves grew to a reasonable size and were able to fly. They practiced by flying from that shelfy thing that you see to the other side of the patio, which also had a similar ledge.

Though very young and inexperienced, they didn’t seem bothered by the heat at all, which is more than I can say for myself. I don’t think I’ve ever encountered such hotness before. But despite the heat, I would occasionally go for bike rides in the desert.

And it was there that I encountered some wild horses!

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You have to look closely to spot the wild horses in this pic…

They’re very shy creatures who are not afraid of passing cars but are afraid of bicycles. Maybe it’s because the passing cars show no interest in them whereas people on bicycles are discernibly more human and therefore dangerous. They ran off shortly after this photo was taken, back to their mysterious desert lives.

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American Antelope: What is this creature?

I’ve recently traveled to Arizona by car, and it was a fantastic road trip. Along the way, passing through Nevada, I discovered this animal:

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American Antelope

Now, you might think antelopes are only found in Africa, but then you might remember the old song that goes:

Home, home on the range

Where the deer and the antelope play!

Why would they sing that if there weren’t any antelopes? I did a bit of research and found that in fact there is a creature that lives  in the interior of North America called a pronghorn. Sometimes it is simply called an antelope, but here is where it gets weird, it is officially NOT an antelope. It’s only called so because it looks much like an antelope. So, what it is, I’m not really sure.

But they are very interesting creatures and I admire them for being able to survive in places like Nevada where there’s nothing to eat but very dry bits of grass and iHop pancakes. (Just kidding, I love iHop pancakes!)