A lot of people don't realize Southern California has a very desert-like climate.
Along with that, comes a lot of desert creatures, especially in the canyons and mountains.
I was reminded of this a few times last week.
First, I noticed this sign as I was leaving Malibu:
I was reminded again the other night when I parked in one of the local canyons to attend a party. When I returned to my car, I heard coyotes howling nearby. It made me walk just a little faster to my car.
I've also had an (overly?) friendly critter hanging around me a lot at home.
We get a lot of road runners, but this particular one likes to look in at me through my back/patio glass door while I'm writing. He'll stare in at me for quite awhile before moving on to catch lizards for his lunch. Recently, he stood right in front of me and gobbled a lizard down whole. He ate it head first while it was still wiggling its tail.
After finishing his lunch, he hopped through the fencing and hung out by our pool for awhile.
I suppose that made for a great day in the life of a road runner?
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