Oakzanita Campground

I am having a delightful time at Oakzanita Campground in Descanso, California. It is a Thousand Trails facility and we have a membership that we bought into last summer. The campground is in need of a facelift, but the bathrooms are clean and warm, and the staff is very friendly. The best part of all is that I have had ample opportunity to do bird photography and Callie has been able to go on walks and to meet friendly dogs.

Descanso is located about a 20-minute drive to Rancho Cuyamaca State Park and I spent hours photographing Red-winged Blackbirds and Great Blue Herons. Our friends, Fred and Becky have joined us and we head to Agua Caliente today for several days.

Callie is having a marvelous time, and the CBD oil continues to amaze me by helping her with her asthma and anxiety. She had one evening of coughing when we first arrived because of the chilly evenings but has stabilized again and all is well. She is happy and playful and has a hearty appetite.

Happy trails.

A Bird Sanctuary

I am not sure if most of you know this, but I am a wildlife photographer and birds are my passion. I started painting birds first though in my early twenties but was forced to retire because of Pterigium’s in both eyes. I had eye surgery last year and it was successful, so I am attempting to paint again. We have a fabulous, world-renowned art institute here in Borrego Springs and I am considering joining and submitting works of fine-art.

Birds escape cold winter weather just like humans do, and they migrate from all over the world to stay in the mild climate of the desert during the winter months. We live within 40 miles of the Sonny Bono Nature Preserve, which attracts thousands of birds, but I am also trying to create a bird sanctuary right here in my own backyard for photo opportunities. Yesterday, we built a water feature and laid gravel and I will set up my tripod to take hummingbird images. I am debating on getting a feeder too but haven’t decided yet whether I will go that route. I have mixed feelings about sugar water, and how quickly one hummer will dominate at the peril of all others, but we shall see. If the sound of running water alone is enough, I will stick to that.

The pond behind my house is also a wonderful place for waterfowl, coyotes, rabbits, and many other species to congregate and to find freshwater to drink. I love living in the desert for this very reason, and I am so fortunate to have wildlife all around me. Anza- Borrego Desert State Park is still a wild place to live in and we have some of the healthiest herds of bighorn sheep in the country. I will keep you all updated on the art institute. I am planning on submitting a bighorn ram for a flora and fauna exhibition in the spring. The entrants are juried before even getting into the show, so it is very competitive due to limited space availability.

Callie is still doing very well and the CBD oil is no less than a miracle for her. She hasn’t coughed at all and is a very relaxed and happy cat!