West of Eden

The Garden of Eden is placed somewhere in the area of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers by those using the Bible as a source; however, current archeological evidence points towards Africa as the birthplace of humans.  We've spread out a bit since then.

Still, it seems to me that there are many places where the real Garden of Eden - the natural world in which we evolved - can be enjoyed.  During the seasons when the weather is well above freezing, I'm good for the day with a bottle of water and a snack.

This place might be pretty far west of Eden, but it sustains abundant life, and has its own rugged beauty.  And - - - no talking snakes or power-tripping deities.

A Northern Harrier [ Circus cyaneus , female] glides by.

A Northern Harrier [Circus cyaneus, female] glides by.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird  [Selasphorus platycercus] .

Broad-tailed Hummingbird [Selasphorus platycercus].

Returning home, I find some deer resting in the shade in the yard, and the bird feeders busy.

A Black-billed Magpie offers pest removal services.

A Black-billed Magpie offers pest removal services.

I am pretty sure this is the first time I have ever seen the spectacular Lazuli Bunting [Passerina amoeba].   Wow.