Friday, October 8, 2021

Rabbitbrush Turns The Canyon Yellow


and Jeanne captured some amazing insects in hers:

Monarch Butterfly

Tarantula Hawk

Thank you, Jeanne.

The above are from my yard and the pictures below are of Joyce's fields.

Here in the canyon, rabbitbrush blooms from mid-to-late September into October.  They always make me happy because when they begin to bloom it means our long hot summer is over with. 

Rabbits don't eat the bushes, one site I looked at said that jack rabbits do. Here rabbits live among the rabbitbrush, as do many other small critters. Native Americans used rabbitbrush for yellow dye, to make medicinal tea, and as a chewing gum. If you like more information, please click on the link below.


Thank you all so much for your concern after I posted that I fell. I hope I said I wasn't injured much, and that I didn't even land on the floor. 

I do carry my phone with me in a leather pouch that attaches to my belt. This doesn't work at night or first thing in the morning, of course. But when I walk outside, yes, and also in the house.

I tried those Medic Alert type companies, three different ones, I believe.  And I never felt comfortable with their devices in my house. This is not like me, I'm a rational person, so I have no idea why they sort of creeped me out. So after spending between $400 - $500 in annual fees with three different companies, so between $1,200 and $1,500, I gave up on trying to get used to them. It's not like me, so I have no explanation. And I agree, they are a very good idea for someone like me. But I have another idea I may try.

Thanks for caring, you are the best!


  1. Hi Inger - good to have the update about how you're getting on - you'll find the way forward and what's best available within your vicinity. Wonderful photos by Jean - that Tarantula Hawk Spider Wasp is fascinating to see and read about. Have a happy weekend - cheers Hilary

  2. Thanks for the wonderful pictures. And yes, you'll find the best safeguards for yourself.

  3. yikes on tarantulas and and hawks that hunt them. the rabbit brush is gorgeous, from brown tones to bright yellow, that is your fall color telling you cool air is on the way.. can't wait to hear what you have come up with instead of the call button..

  4. These bushes are so pretty and really change the landscape! Lovely photos!

  5. Wow, anything that hunts and takes down Tarantulas has to be fearsome.
    When you mentioned the price of the medical alerts, I remember why I don't have one. So glad you are doing well.

  6. Rabbit brush reminds of camomile plant ,used for yellow dye and medicinal tea.
    The best thing is to pray to God for protection. Phones and alert companies are not always there when you need them.

  7. Your cooler days are on the way, and a fall, Hugh cannot get up by himself if he topples, and for you with no close neighbour, hope your next solution will work better than expensive companies with annual fees so high, that you might never need.

  8. Thee yellow rabbitbushes looks beautiful. It sure brightens things up

    I'm glad for you that the temperature is getting cooler and also glad that you are able to look after yourself. I don't blame you for not wanting surveillance on you and goodness, they are not cheap. I hope it will all work out for you. I'm sure your friends can help when needed.

    Take care and stay safe and well.
    Hugs, Julia

  9. What IS this Tarantula Hawk? I have never heard of such a thing! I must Google it. Have you thought about a walker? They do add a sence of security...

  10. Hello, Inger
    The yellow Rabbitbushes are so pretty, I love the Monarch. I am enjoying the cooler temps here too. It is a shame the medical alert services are so expensive. I hope you find a solution and you stay safe. Take care, have a happy weekend.

  11. What a lovely "sea" of yellow in the desert! I know of some phone apps that function much like the medi-alert systems, but don't require any extra equipment other than the smartphone. I hope you will find something that doesn't disturb your peace of mind. You will!

  12. I have the same feelings about the 'talking technologies' in my home. I just don't want them! and it seems each year they become more and more invasive! it's probably like the old matriarch in Downton Abbey and how she felt about electric light. LOL! oh well.
    I'm so glad you weren't badly hurt in your fall. still... it's a wakeup call. and good to have a plan. and I've never been one to plan! so a fine one to be giving any kind of advice. hahaha!
    your desert canyon looks beautiful.

  13. love rabbit brush - i see so much here. I just took a hike and got some photos of them on a hill in Lake Arrowhead. I also love rust colors that come in autumn... glad you're fall wasn't too bad...medic alert would freak me out too - basically because i already think we are spied on enough through our devices, lol

  14. Thank you for sharing these lovely photographs.

    Medic alert isn't for everyone, I hope you can find something you are comfortable with.
    Take care, my good wishes.

    All the best Jan


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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