Monday, July 18, 2011

parley view parsnip....

parley view parsnip.... by angryparsnip
parley view parsnip...., a photo by angryparsnip on Flickr.

My Monday post about what is going on around my home.

Early Saturday morning clouds, looking east towards toward the Rincon
I like that you can see the sun through the line of Altocumulus clouds.

I have put my "The Book Of Clouds" by John A. Day out on my desk so I
can really understand what am seeing beyond
"Wow those are fabulous clouds"
Just so you know how much of a geek I am, one of the first sites I
joined after getting a computer of my own and trying to learn how to
use it, while roaming around cyber land was "The Cloud Appreciation
Society" based in the UK. Yep ! I'm a cloud geek.
Living in Arizona how could you not be !

Update on my Friday post...
The rabbits have really adapted to the Sonoran Desert.
The longer ears allow the rabbits to listen for predators while laying
low and still.
They also have larger veins that run through the larger ears to allow
heat to radiate out from them.
We have the cute little Desert Cottontails, and the Antelope and Black-
Tailed Jackrabbit.

In a Southwest story ... The Great Spirit creates the desert and the
creatures who will live there. He has the Jackrabbit guide them to
their new homes and explains their special adaptation which makes them
well suited to the environment. Well the Jackrabbit doesn't listen,
mess every thing up and when the Great Spirit realizes what has
happen, he gives the Jackrabbit an adaptation of his own, bigger ears
so he can listen better.
I use to think this was a Navajo tale but I think it is just a folk
tale ?
There is a book called, "How The Jackrabbit Got His Very Long Ears"
by Heather Irbinskas that is wonderful. I have sent it to many of the
children of family and friends with a cute stuffed animal that goes
with the story.

hopping. . . parsnip
music. . . Dancing In The Street, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas


  1. Hello:
    Trust the English to have a society for cloud appreciation, we seem to have societies for almost anything and perhaps clouds are not the most strange things for which a society could be formed. However, we are now intrigued and will most certainly have a peek at what they have to say. For our own part, we just prefer to gaze at a Tiepolo sky without knowing any technical terms.

    Your Arizona sky is absolutely wonderful and seems to stretch to eternity!

  2. well now i have to go look up all those different rabbits! ha ha

    smiles, bee

  3. Jane and Lance...
    So true ! I thought if any one would have a cloud appreciation society would be the English.
    We have such amazing clouds in Arizona that I have always been interested in them.

    Empress Bee...
    I adore writing your name...
    The Jackrabbits really are so funny. Rather tall and I think gangley (?) their ears are so huge you look at them and can't believe what you are seeing.
    My brother who worked for the USFS use to call rabbits "The" food chain.....

  4. You like clouds? We have a lot of clouds here in Cleveland. Of course, it also helps to like rain...

  5. I knew you liked clouds but never had you down as a cloud nerd! Makes me like you even more. And I do have to say: wow, those are fabulous clouds!

    I must now go and check out the cloud appreciation society.

  6. Kirk...
    Yes I like clouds blue sky and rain but are the clouds in Cleveland all dull gray and soggy ?

    I was so proud of myself that I found this site. I really don't remember how I found it by just clicking on one site after another... as one does.

    I know and have seen many of the clouds they have pictures and as always I love seeing view from all over the world.

  7. Gorgeous clouds, hard to imagine the heat below them they look so cool.
    xoxo Kim

  8. I so like the jackrabbit story. I think they are the sweetest of all the rabbits. I'd love to see one in the dessert. Have you seen a lot of them?

  9. What a great story! Lived here all my life and have never heard it. At least I don't think so, I need the bigger memory adaptation.

  10. Clouds are mesmerizing as is the sky in general. I love it when there is no land light and the sky is a myriad of stars. So far I have resisted dragging a mattress out onto the lawn and as a result end up with a stiff neck. One of these days.

  11. I love the jackrabbit story!
    Maybe that's why I've got such big ears...

  12. There is a book with a whole series of things like that in - I remember reading the one about How the leopard got his spots.

  13. William...
    Thank You when I walked out with The Boys in there little yard I looked east and saw these lovely clouds floating in a long kine to the east of my home. Every morning is a surprise when you live were I do.

    The morning was as cool and lovely as the photo looks.

    I love that story. It is perfect for all the little ones in your life.

    I just bought last summer a fabulous chaise lounge for the yard. Cloud and star gazing commencing.

    With all your fabulous hair your ears are very well concealed.

    I love book like that. One of my favorites is a Navajo tale on "How The Stars Fell Up Into The Sky"

  14. Wow! What a wonderful sky! Our sky is grey and dull - oh and very wet! Yes tis grim oop North!

  15. I love clouds also. But I don't know as much as you do about them. And rabbits and ears. I must buy that book for the grandkids. You have such a lot of knowledge about such a lot of things.