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Saturday, November 27, 2021

Back to the Lower Treks

First 3:  long distance views of the Organ Mountains
Back in the lower desert for a fairly chilly start this morning; conditions weren't too bad, though, because of high humidity.  It rained during the night and into the early morning hours today.

Willow, Frio and I did our new regular hike under dynamic skies; the clouds over the Organ Mountains were especially beautiful.  I'm not sure the photos I took today really do justice to the spectacular views.

Soaptree Yucca and the Organ Mountains

This & next 2:  clouds around the Organs

Backlit Heelers

This & next 2:  clouds around the Organs

Frio and Willow

This & next:  local fall color

Heading out of the arroyo


Friday, November 26, 2021

After While Crocodile

First 3:  Scrub Oak
Even though it was cold this morning the weather was pleasant, and Dr. K, Willow, Frio and I explored the deer/elk trail on our property and the surrounding forest.  We saw quite a few birds--even a Northern Flicker--but I wasn't able to get a photo of any of them.

After our trek we returned to the cabin, packed our belongings and left for the lower desert, where we are now.  We enjoyed our trip to the high country, and we want to return as soon as we can.

Heelers and Dr. K

The bird that wasn't there

Old stump

Frio and Willow

Small boulders

Sacramento Mountains

This & next: following a deer/elk trail

Last 2:  dead tree in B&W and color


Thursday, November 25, 2021

White and Windy T-day Morn

Backyard early this morning
Snow was flying and the wind whipping so hard this morning we couldn't get Willow and Frio out on a hike around our property.  I had to take them out after breakfast so they could do their business, and we couldn't wait to get back inside the cabin due to the cold:  25F with the wind chill.

We were going to return to the low desert today, but we've decided to stay another day partly because of the weather.  The delay in our normal routine got us out of sync so we we're holding off on our departure.  Heelers don't mind.

This & next 2:  crows playing in the high wind

This & next:  early morning Thanksgiving weather

Haynes Canyon


Wednesday, November 24, 2021

A Sprinkle or Two

First 2:  last night's sunset
It was sprinkling when I took Frio out to do his business this morning, but it had stopped by the time Dr. K took Willow out.  We managed to do another hike around our place and surrounding forest, only getting lightly sprinkled on a few times.

Just after we got back inside the cabin, though, the precip picked up, and it rained gently for an hour or so.  Fortunately after lunch we were all able to go outside for a while, and I got in a short ballgame with Mr. Frio.  He likes nothing more than playing catch and fetch.

Right now the sun is shining brightly, though it's only about 51F here in the Sacramento Mountains.

This & next:  devil dogs

Cabin kitchen

Three-leaf Sumac

Cloudy and drizzly conditions this morning

Bear grass (Nolina microcarpa)

Haynes Canyon again

Dead or alive

This & next:  Frio and Willow exploring




Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Around Our Place

Fallen dead tree
Dr. K and I decided to limit our hiking activity to a trail around our place this morning; Willow and Frio were not disappointed.

We explored a deer/elk trail that leads south away from our cabin, one that skirts around the mountainside at a fairly level grade.  There are a few ups and downs, but Dr. K's knee took the strenuous sections in stride because she used a lightweight hiking stick we bought in Big Bend NP decades ago.

It was a bit chilly from overcast sky when we started out, but we'd warmed significantly by the time we finished.

A little local color

Along the deer/elk trail

Haynes Canyon

This & next:  exploring the forest around our place

Our drive

No ID on this plant

Haynes Canyon again

Beyond the ridge

Haynes Canyon using Dry Brush filter

Growing alongside our drive

Heading down our drive

Our place


Back to the Lower Treks

First 3:  long distance views of the Organ Mountains Back in the lower desert for a fairly chilly start this morning; conditions weren't...