Every now and then it seems reasonable to set the world of humans and all its silly and contrived turmoil aside and visit, instead, that far more sane realm, the one that exists “out there.” In this case, we could call “out there” the Realm of the Grebes, or something close to that. Below are four photos taken my my old college buddy Denny Green of Tempe Arizona. The photos were taken in metro-Phoenix’s Papago Park, a large desert park area east of Phoenix, west of Scottsdale, northwest of Tempe, Arizona. Papago Park has a long and varied history. It began as simply a sizeable patch of raw desert, highlighted by a pair of red sandstone monolithic and eroded, windblown (sort of) buttes. During the 1940’s there was, believe it or not, a military P.O.W. camp which was the temporary “home” for numerous captured German Officers. Later came a National Guard facility, then a municipal golf course, the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden, and finally, the Phoenix Zoo. Somewhere in the midst of all of that is a pond which has become home for families of Grebes (among various other water-critters).
The photos which follow don’t really need any captions; suffice to say that a mother Pied Billed Grebe has retrieved a crayfish from the bottom of the pond, and transfers it to her youngster. Enjoy the moment, the (temporary I’m sure) reprieve from that “other” world, the one that drives even sane people nuts!
😀 Life can, indeed, be sweet, no? 😀
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