#Bird Weekly Challenge #46: Australian Birds Perched

When I read Lisa’s theme for this week, birds perched, I knew I had some Australian beauties to contribute. I thought about waiting until my theme of beauty posts on Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays. Maybe this will prime your pump as you think about beauty. Feel free to borrow the quotes.

Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.

Victor Hugo

Give food to the birds, you will then be surrounded by the wings of love, you will be encompassed by the joys of little silent hearts!

Mehmet Murat Ildan
The galah, pink and grey cockatoo, rose-breasted cockatoo,

No Silent Hearts Here

Carol says these pink and gray cockatoos, galahs, are never quiet. They are a popular pet, but Carol did not seem to be a fan of theirs. She did not elaborate, so you can draw your own conclusions.

Galah means “noisy idiot.” But they are quite smart, and if you want a companion, they can learn to talk. Like some humans, they don’t like cuddling, but love conversation. Of course the brown eyed birds – the males – have more to say than their pink-eyed companions.

Galahs like your habitat, too, especially gardens and ponds. However, if you work 60 hours a week and don’t have time to visit, they get destructive, and even self-mutilating, so consider the consequences. On the upside, they are healthier than most cockatoos, but they do get fat.

Their favorite foods are leafy salads with fruit and zucchini in them and bird pellets. NOTE: This makes them fat? Fair warning all dieters out there living on salads!

They love a treat of fattening walnuts. So that they keep their trim figures, a pet galah need to play outside the cage three to four hours a day with their wooden or leather toys or destroying your garden.

So what do you think? Are you going to get a galah for a pet?

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#CMWM: #Prescott Walk #12

I know it’s Sunday, and I’m late with Cee’s Mid-Week Madness post, but I’ll tell you, she’s very forgiving. I’m trying to work smarter not harder as I blog, so her next CMWM will be aligned with my challenge, Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays.

Meanwhile, I’m late with Lens Artist Photo Challenge but you should definitely stop and see Amy’s beautiful gardens. I’m going to be late with Sunday Stills which is weather, and all I have for her so far is a Prescott Walk weather report.

#Prescott Walk #12: Blooming Hills Drive

Last night Puppy Girl and I walked down Blooming Hills Drive taking pictures of beautiful weeds along the sidewalk. The weather was a perfect near 70 degrees with only a gentle breeze instead of a gale. Pale clouds dotted the sky.

Yes, I did say “beautiful weeds,” and I didn’t mean cannabis.

“The term weed is applied to any plant that grows or reproduces aggressively, or is invasive outside its native habitat.” Wikipedia

Submitted for Cee’s FOTD and CMWM – Close up


  • May Story Chat, “Nailing It” a family drama by Anne Stormont coming on Tuesday – Contribute by chatting. Your comments and a link to one of your blog posts will be woven into a Story Chat Follow-Up Post. If you would like to contribute an unpublished 500-1,000-word story Contact Me.
  • Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays May 12 Beauty or Belated Mother’s Day. There is so much beauty in the world. Photographers find it in the smallest things and oddest places. Show us what you found. Writer’s report it, make it up, or turn poetic.

Tanka Tuesday: Constellation Trail #Haibun

Tanka Tuesday #224 Poet’s Choice; #Haibun

#Prescott Walk #11 Constellation Trail

Wide trails, narrow trails,
Missed trail? Never lost --- for long,
Perfect wandering

On a perfect February day, we were two of the few hikers wearing a coat. We found easy access to the Constellation Trail at the lower parking lot of the Phippen Museum in Prescott Valley, AZ. We thought that the trails we walked looked a little rugged for our new e-bikes.

Take your time, breathe in
Breathe out, Stretch your arms up high
Touch the sky with health.

The clear air deceives you. It is thinner and takes more effort to breathe for new comers and older hikers. There’s no need to rush. This is not a good trail for runners. Rock outcropping spring up in the middle of the trail. Main trails were marked with white dots.

See the dot on your right?

Blink and you’ve veered off the main loop. One wrong step, and you’re separated from your walking buddy, but not for long. Maps appear out of nowhere. Or use the app on your phone.

If you stay on the broad trails along the mail loop, you can walk it in only 2. 4 miles or less than an hour if you don’t take pictures. We couldn’t resist the views of the Granite Dells, scruffy shrubs, an area of new homes, with the Flagstaff Mountains in the background.

Endorphin blue skies
Daydreaming distant mountains
Cliff structures --- enjoy.
© 2021 Marsha Ingrao Haibun

One side trail that heads up to the top of the dells named The Lost Wall Mountain Biking Trail has only one review – “Not nearly as compelling as photos imply. All slow no flow.” Lost Wall Biking Trail

Vince and I were glad we left our bikes and took only our dog. Kalev enjoyed it.

Happy Blogging This Week.

Poet’s Choice today and Writer’s Quotes Choice tomorrow — It’s as simple as making a meme.

Constellation Trail - view of Granite Dells, Prescott AZ  Sample Meme for Writer's Quotes Wednesdays
Sample Meme for WQWWC Constellation Trail – view of Granite Dells, Prescott AZ

#BrightSquare 30: Bright Destination – Seven Sacred Pools

#BrightSquare #30, Restless Jo’s Monday Walk

This is it! We made it!

Remember It truly has been a wonderful month, thank you all so much for squaring with me. If you have not had a chance to join in the fun of the squares challenge, why not join us today on this final day. Everyone is always welcome. The theme is bright, and the only rule is that your photographs must be square. If you can’t join us today then no worries, Squares will be back in July! There will also be a Bright Square gallery this weekend.

Becky B

Sedona Old Soldier Pass Trail #4

So far in the last three days, we’ve made it 1/4 mile on the Old Soldier Pass Trail and side tours all the way to Devil’s Kitchen.

  • We learned that there are a total of 8 Devil’s Kitchens geological structures in the United States alone. That doesn’t count other countries. Do you know where the other structure/s are in the world, and when they started using the term.
  • Sadly, there are also restaurants called Devil’s Kitchens in the Untied States.
  • We’ve seen roses on the path.
  • We’ve tentatively identified the rock formations: Brins Mesa, Coffee Pot and Tea Cup, and Wilson Mountain.
  • We’ve exercised a total of nearly 7,000 steps on this hike alone.

The wind blows here a lot. I usually cover any bald spots along my forehead with bangs. In spite of the wind, we made it to Seven Sacred Pools, our goal destination. Joining us were two jeep tours. They did not come the same way or leave the same way we did.

I’m super glad that Vince had the foresight to postpone our walk from Thursday to Friday so that we missed the heavy thunderstorms that hit Sedona. The result was excellent for us. The sacred pools were filled. These reminded me of huge Indian grinding holes which we found in our foothills in California.

Without a book about this trail, I couldn’t find much information about the Seven Sacred Pools in Sedona, not Hawaii. They are filled by a natural stream, which we did not see. It was well-worth the easy 1/2 to 2 mile hike in from the trail head.

On the way out we teamed up with a young couple and hiked the creek bed, which was flat, shady and full of boulders to climb over, trees to climb and rocks to take home. (That’s a joke, Mr. Ranger.)

Our friend had to put quite a bit of muscle into lifting the rock off the ground. Vince, a more experience rock tackler, didn’t even need to flex his muscles.

What’s Next

Any great plans between now and July? I’m going to head over to Natalie the Explorer’s and see what she’s been up to and leave a link.

There’s something new coming with Writer’s Quote’s Wednesdays next week just to keep you off Balance.

A new Story Chat publishes on Tuesday, May 11 by my Scottish friend, Anne Stormont. Story Chat is the brain child of Hugh Roberts who first submitted his short story as a guest post then we followed up with YOUR comments as you chatted. It’s been great fun, but May is my last story. Without YOUR stories, Story Chat dies.

There are several Challenge Host Interviews in the works which I’m excited about. This is open to anyone who hosts or participated in photo or writing challenges and wants to talk about how the challenges affect their lives.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my trips. I’ll look forward to Becky B’s next square contest. 🙂 I hope that squared everyone up. See you next time. 🙂

#BrightSquare: Bright Spot in Hike – Miracle Marker

#BrightSquare#29, Restless Jo’s Monday Walks, Cee’s FOTD

By the way there is now less than a week left of bright squares, where has the time gone? …Remember all I ask is that your image has 4 equal sides, and that it reflects the theme of bright.

Becky B

Sedona Old Soldier Pass Trail #3

As you noticed, I divided this amazing hike into four parts to work with the last four gloriously bright days of Becky’s BrightSquares. Today I promised you an official view, and I will deliver. But first, a marker!

In all of this walking, we have still supposedly not gone the 1/4 mile to see our first landmark, Devil’s Kitchen, one of eight Devil’s Kitchens in the United States alone. The countertop looks more like a grand piano to me. I hope my kitchen never looks this bad. Fortunately it did not smell as bad as a kitchen in this shape would.

You can’t appreciate the depth of this sinkhole from this picture, but I did not want to get close. There was no handrail, trees or anything to hang onto, and just getting as close as I did made me a bit dizzy. According to one of the sites, water caused all this damage by eroding the limestone. It happened in the 1880s. If it made me dizzy to see the aftermath, imagine hiking in the 1880s and watching it happen!

Submitted for Cee’s FOTD

According to my plant guide, this shrub is a Cliff-rose or Pushia mexicana that is a chaparral that grows in rocky slopes. The online Bing dictionary defines chaparral as “a North American vegetation consisting chiefly of tangled shrubs and thorny bushes.” I think the guide book for plants, animals, birds and reptiles, Discovering the Wonders of Sedona by Suzanne Clemenz described this bush accurately. It was the only flower we saw on the entire path.

For the most part we headed towards Teacup Rock but when I turned around, I saw this beautiful vista of the Brins Mesa, where you can go on a steeper five-mile trail.

We have one more bright day left, so you will get to see if we made it the next 1/4 mile to our bright destination. This is the first time I’ve participated in the entire month of Becky B’s squares. I don’t know about you, but I found it to be as rigorous as hiking up this 1-4 mile trail, depending on what you read.

It was fun taking you for a week on our Las Vegas Vacation, then home to our former home in Elderwood, California. Then we had a day rolled into a week of car shows at Prescott’s Gateway Shopping Center where I got my two COVID shots, and finally, almost a week showcase of our day trip to Sedona’s Old Soldier Pass Trail. I can see why people look forward to Becky’s Squares, and how it can start you on your own series of photographic journeys, if you want to do that.

Thanks for joining me this month. i hope to see you tomorrow for our #Brightsquare farewell post.

Don’t Forget

If you’ve gotten dizzy after this month of bright squares, join me at Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays and get your balance back. 🙂