It's been awhile since I posted. We went to Big Bend for a week. In spite of being rained on, we had a lovely time. April is a nice month to visit the desert. The ocotillos were blooming, as were the prickly pear. We just missed the yucca's extravagant display, but did see a few still in full, luscious bloom.
We had a few nights of rain. I hate getting up in the middle of the night to go pee anyway, but getting up when it's muddy and rainy sort of sucks. Our tent kept us mostly dry--if we didn't roll too close to the edge of the air mattress, where the bedding was sopping wet. But being in this beautiful, unspoiled region of Texas always feels like a gift. You can drive 50 miles in any direction without seeing a power line or a billboard, or any other evidence of man, except of course the road you're on. I love the harshness of the desert. All the plants and animals who live there have to be extra tough. I admire the tenacity of desert creatures.
And started making a birdbath:
observing and contemplating birdbath
We still have many more bottle caps to apply. I think we'll probably finish this little project tomorrow evening. It may not be beautiful, but if it gives the birds a place to splash around and drink, then it's serving its purpose. We joke that it's wabi sabi--imperfect, rather odd, and using materials we had at hand.