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Friday, March 20, 2020

A Near Sider

Trekking along the west side of Tortugas Mountain
Dr. K, Willow, Frio and I headed to the near side of Tortugas Mountain this morning for a long trek.  We put some serious miles on our legs as we tried to run down the Heelers' batteries.  Didn't work.

There were quite a few people on the west side of the mountain, especially when we got back to Whitey the CR-V; I've never seen so many vehicles parked along the entrance road on a Friday morning.  Apparently folks have little to do during this Corvid19 crisis other than hitting the trails for long hikes.  It's obviously a healthy, psychologically beneficial thing to do, so more power to them.

The Heelers batteries recharged on the way home.  When we got here they went out into the backyard to roughhouse before Willow took a little break.  I tossed a ball for Frio to fetch for twenty minutes or so until he decided he'd finally had enough.  These little rascals are pretty much tireless.
One way up the mountain

Nerisyrenia Camporum

Lacespine Pincushion Cactus (Mammillaria lasiacantha)

What's sprouting from the nearest Torrey Yucca?

First Torrey Yucca we've seen blossoming this spring

Heelers

Hedgehog Cactus and yuccas

Crossing through an arroyo west of the mountain

This and the next 3:  Tortugas and the Organ Mountains




Ocotillo leafing out

Hedgehog Cactus

Claret Cup Hedgehog Cactus with flower

Claret Cup blossoming

This and the next 2:  Canaigre Dock (aka "Wild Rhubarb")



Ocotillo

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

Beautiful photos of the cactus blooms. I especially like the ones of the wild rhubarb.

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