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Saturday, March 10, 2018

The New Normal?

Caught a distant glimpse of a Trickster.  Can you see him?
The Sunset Area side of Tortugas Mountain wasn't too crowded when Becca and I set off on a moderately long hike this morning, but we couldn't believe our eyes when we returned.  It was easily the most packed we'd ever seen it.  The parking lot was overflowing, cars were parked like dominoes on either side of the road, and people were pulling in hunting for parking spots and pulling out when they couldn't find any.  I don't know what was going on, but if this side of the mountain is going to continue to be this busy on Saturday mornings the Beckster and I will have to start hiking on the Monte Vista side again.
Not a Trickster

Sometimes I don't know what I'm seeing when I snap a photo

She spotted something, but I never did see it

How to take advantage of a sliver of shade

Looking one way up the arroyo

Looking the other way down the arroyo

Soaptree Yuccas (Yucca elata) growing in an arroyo

Long-distance shot of an American Desert Hare (Lepus californicus)

The Ocotillo tip I photographed a few days ago

Out west

A more complex Ocotillo tip

Nonchalant

Clouds over Bishop Cap

Chihuahuan Desert runes

Yucca and Ocotillo

Birthday hike?

Some kind of celebration

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

It's neat to see the ocotillo flower a few days after you photographed it this week, Packrat. And I guess I can't blame people for enjoying a beautiful day in the desert.

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