Picked up 2 bags today. It wasn't that dirty, and it was a warm, mostly sunny day. There are butterflies everywhere! Medium sized ones with colorful red/orange and yellow spotted wings rimmed with black. They have cute little light-colored balls on the ends of their antennae. I'd almost call them monarchs, but I'm pretty sure they're not. There are also smaller ones, moths maybe, white with dark spots and others that are creamy yellow. They were flitting all over these little white flowers along the trail. I took some pictures.
The cat tails are yellow, the milkweeds have opened their bizarre seed pods and released their silky seeds to the wind, and the cottonwoods are just starting to change. I met a cat by the creek. I looked over the fence to this often dirty spot where the gutter empties into the creek, and there was this little gray and white thing looking up. She had no collar and was small, maybe not quite full grown, and thin and had a bit of grime near the corners of her eyes. She seemed to carry her head tilted to the right a little bit. I'm not sure if she was healthy. She was slightly skittish, as you'd expect, but pretty tame and allowed me to pet her. Actually, when I was still she didn't seem to pay any attention to me whatsoever. She seemed content, and treated my hand no different than the grass and wood she was rubbing against. I tried to offer her a bit of Nutragrain bar (all I had) but she wasn't interested. I tried to warn her about the foxes, but, you know, she's a cat and seemed particularly disinterested in my voice, even for a cat.
After I'd finished cleaning and was heading home, I stopped up on the hill for a minute. I was just looking, not at anything in particular. The sun was going down. Suddenly I saw a flash of motion -- a white-tipped tail as a fox jumped onto the old fallen cottonwood and then disappeared into the copse of Russian olive trees behind it. When you're quietly sitting there in the grass and see something like that, it makes you feel more connected to things for some reason.