Weekend Coffee Share #18-Camera Shy Bird

Coffee’s up. Come in and pull up a chair. If we were having coffee I would tell you I continue my quest to capture a photo of the Roadrunner. There have been several sightings but he will not stop long enough for me to get a shot. One bit of news is that he has been coming closer to my house. My husband has been the one to spot him lately and say things like, ‘the Roadrunner just ran across our driveway,’ while I was retrieving our trash can from the curb. The tricky bird ran behind me. I turned to say to my husband, ‘are you kidding me?’ We looked in the direction our bird friend headed and I spotted him running off at the end of our cul-de-sac. On a recent morning, my husband reported the Roadrunner was on the wall in our yard and had flown up into a neighbor’s Shoestring Acacia tree. Try as I might I could not see the bird. I am now on high alert for any signs of him around our yard.

I have been taking walks about every day and noticing more interesting cacti and succulents. The first one, below left, looked like a giant asparagus to me. It turns out the Yucca is part of the Asparagaceae family like the common asparagus we eat. I think this is called ‘The Lord’s Candle’ or Yucca Whipplei. If it blooms I will be more confident in my identification skills. The next plant, center, is a Madagascar Palm, (it’s not really a palm but a succulent), or Pachypodium Lamerei, which looks to me a bit like a pachyderm trunk. The name Pachypodium comes from two Greek words, ‘pachys’ meaning thick and ‘podion’ meaning foot. The word pachyderm translates to thick skin. The little flowering tree on the far right looks interesting. Does anyone know what it is?

Shoestring Acacia Roadrunner hideout

Weekend Coffee Share is hosted by Natalie at Natalie the Explorer. Image of ‘Coffee with foam’ by Lotus Head in Johannesburg, South Africa on wikimedia.org That’s a lot of foam. Looks good.

16 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share #18-Camera Shy Bird

  1. M. Oniker

    I had a big grin on my face reading about your elusive friend the roadrunner. I can really picture it, well, not picture-picture it because you haven’t gotten a photo of it yet.

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  2. Denyse Whelan Blogs

    I know the flower on the right very well. In Australia we have them in coastal areas and they are called Frangipanis. Coastal and tropical places have them and in Hawaii many of the leis are made from them. We had one growing in a house we rented and it was HUGE and required a lot of flower/petal cleaning up as they shed very easily. In winter here, the shut down completely with no leaves nor flowers… Enjoy seeing what yours gets up to.
    Road runner…the only one I know is from the cartoons of course.
    Denyse #weekendcoffeeshare

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  3. Susanne

    These plants are so cool, and that little tree with the yellow flower is fabulous. I have no idea what it is, though.
    I remember admiring some cacti along a small road in Italy. I wish I could have something like that here but it’s way too wet and cold in the winters.

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      I am really getting into all the different succulents and cactus here. One of the other commenters said they thought the little tree is Frangipanis. Thanks for stopping by, Susanne.

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  4. Natalie

    The plant in your far right photo looks like Frangipani from the Plumeria genus. I’ve seen the flowers in white/ yellow and white/ pink. Your roadrunner is getting closer to your property. Hopefully you’ll get a a good picture of it soon. Thank you for your #WeekendCoffeeShare.

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      Thanks Natalie. I thought it could be Plumeria and Denyse said Frangipani too. So I think we all are correct. Still hoping to snap a pic of Roadrunner. Thanks for stopping by, Natalie.

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