We have a visitor plus more desert blooms

skinny bobcat in Arizona yard
This is our bobcat who hangs out in our yard in broad daylight.

This is the first picture I’ve gotten of our bobcat. When we had a home inspection done, the inspector went on the roof and said he found bones. The previous owners said, “That would be from the bobcat. He likes to sit on the patio roof over the pool.”

I’ve been a little nervous and have had a few fleeting sights of the bobcat slinking along the wall right outside our windows. My husband spotted him (her?) a few days ago and I watched from the casita as she sat and looked back at me. Our windows have a reflective coating, so I don’t think she really saw me. I’m calling her a she now because we’ve read that the males are much bigger and heavier than the females. This creature is about two feet tall and SKINNY!

Here are a few more of the interesting sights I saw over the weekend:

Saguaro cactus blooms
Saguaro beginning to bloom. I never knew that had blossoms.
Desert Ironwood in bloom
Desert Ironwood with lavender flowers. Another thing I’ve never seen before.
yucca in bloom
Yucca in full flower against a brilliant blue sky.
This is in our backyard. One day it was a foot tall, next it’s soaring to the sky and blooming. From Wikipedia: Plant in bloom: the flower stalk may reach up to 8 m (26 ft) in height Agave americana, common names sentry plantcentury plant, maguey or American aloe, is a species of flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae, native to Mexico and the United States in Texas. Today, it is cultivated worldwide as an ornamental plant.

Here’s the bobcat walking away. She fits through our fence.

13 thoughts on “We have a visitor plus more desert blooms

    • We have an indoor cat. She’s not allowed outside since we moved here. Our new neighbors said small dogs and housecats won’t last an hour. When my daughter visited with her pug, we gave her strict commands to never let him outside without her.

  1. As an owner of two dogs, both small, that bobcat scares me. But she (he?) is lovely. It is beautiful there. I love the landscape as it is so much different from where I live in The Midwest.

    I also did not know saguaros had flower blossoms! How beautiful.

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