Non-Tubular Bells

John at Las Vegas Photo Blog posted a video of church bells ringing in Banff, Canada which reminded me that I had recorded the bells ringing while on the bell towers at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France in 2018. I found the video and decided it was boring by itself because the bells at Notre Dame were very loud standing in the bell tower, and they didn’t have any variation other than a bunch of bells ringing at once. Therefore, I wrote a piece of music to go with the bells, and put together a rather strange music video called Non-Tubular Bells. I include photos from Notre Dame in 2018 before the fire, pictures of Paris taken from the bell towers, video of the American Flag at our neighbor’s house, video of our neighbor’s dogs playing in the Rio Grande and video of the Owlets flapping their wings and flying a little.

7th Annual Corrales Rose Society Dr. Huey Tour: Lockdown Edition

Laurie under the Dr. Huey arch with her phone Facetiming with Susan.

2020 brings us the lockdown edition of the annual Corrales Rose Society Dr. Huey tour. For our 7th annual tour, we Facetimed with Susan while we walked around our garden admiring our ever-growing collection of Dr. Hueys.

The Dr. Huey arch
The giant Dr. Huey. Marina's Incognito Pear Tree on the right.
Dr. Huey on the southeast side of the property with giant 
Dr. Huey in the background.
Another view of giant Dr Huey.
This Dr. Hueys roses make a star shape.
The backside of the Dr. Huey arch.

Note on editor: I used the basic editor found in my Admin section under Posts. It’s a very basic editor, which I like, and the default adds a link to the photos so you can view them larger, a feature the current editor striped out. I can’t easily do mosaics from this editor, but that’s no big deal. I like basic and simple.

Beauties and the Trees

Resa posted Art Gowns ~ Femme Finale at yesterday. She has used her tree, Holly’s tree, and Marina’s tree in her Princess Blue Holly (PDH) series set in Paris, France. PBH battles Evilomlap to save the Art Gown models from his dastardly evil plans. Resa’s drawings are delightful, and her stories lots of fun. Her Art Gowns are fabulous works of art. The celebrates Resa, Princess Blue Holly, and all the Art Gown models, I’ve posted an aerial photograph that shows where all the trees all the women bloggers have claimed are on our property and the surrounding area. I also included the location of the tree that both owlets are in. Big Baby Owl flew over last night and the two owlets where so happy to be reunited after being apart for almost two weeks.


The mosaic below shows all the trees that are in the above aerial image. Mouse over the photos of the trees to match them to the aerial map:


Below are a series of roses from our garden. I did not identify the roses.

Owl Update

Do I want to fly over to the bosque with Little Baby?

Big Baby Owl has been in a cottonwood tree between the irrigation ditch and the clearwater ditch for over a week now. Little Baby Owl flew over both ditches into a tree on the edge of the bosque next to Holly’s Tangle Heart Tree. I expected Big Baby to fly over to be with Little Baby last night, but she didn’t. She seems happy in the tree she’s in at the moment.

Nah. I really like this tree.
Little Baby Owl is on the tree on the left edge of the photo. He’s very difficult to see.
Hey Big Baby! Are you going to fly over here?
Are you talking to me?
I’m certainly not talking to the stupid paparazzo on the ditch bank below.
Oh! I don’t know. I really like this tree.
Or you’re a chicken! He he he!
Can you see my “mad dogs” you little runt?
Talk to the paw!

Right after sundown, Mama Owl and Daddy Owl flew up into a tree just north of the owlets. They were perched like they were posing for portraits. Mama is behind Daddy.




I went out at 6:00 am this morning to see if Big Baby Owl had flown over to the bosque with Little Baby Owl. I found Mama Owl perched next to Little Baby and Big Baby Owl nowhere to be found.

Isn’t it a little early for you to be out Paparazzo?

Below is an aerial photo showing where the nest is and where the owls were last night. The owlets are still in the trees indicated on the aerial photo.


The blockheads at Word Press have introduced a block editor. I was stupid enough to try it. After an hour of attempting to put the post together, I could not get it to come out right at all. I finally trashed it and started from scratch in the standard editor, which took only 15 minutes to complete. I was so disgusted I walked out and talked to Big Baby Owl who is still in her favorite tree before I came back and redid the post. Blocks are for desktop publishing not browsers. If the block editor becomes the default editor, I’ll consider leaving Word Press again.

Big Baby Owl sympathizing as best she can over me having to deal with WP blockheads.

Wet Coachwhip Snake


I got a video of a Coachwhip Snake (Masticophis flagellum testaceous) swimming in the irrigation ditch. I know a lot of people have trouble with snakes, but they are really quite beautiful. It’s not often I see a Coachwhip Snake taking a swim. After we got back from checking on the owls and walking in the bosque this morning, I wrote a song to go with the video appropriately named Coachwhip Snake. I recorded the song and put it all together in the above video this afternoon. Enjoy!

Coachwhip Snake
Lyrics: Timothy Price
Music: Timothy Price

Slither swimming in the ditch
Sloppy sine wave between the wake
Slips the bank scales in cross-stitch
Stops and eyes me with suspicion

We stand we stare he and me
Paparazzo and snake admiration

Masticophis flagellum testaceous
That’s what I said
Beautiful snake, braided scales
Colubrid whipped up in western red

Slither swimming in the ditch
Sloppy sine wave between the wake

We stand we stare he and me
Paparazzo and snake admiration

Masticophis flagellum testaceous
That’s what I said
Beautiful snake, braided scales
Colubrid whipped up in western red