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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Already Too Toasty

Morning moon
We're headed for 105F today, and it felt like it this morning when Dr. K, Willow, Frio and I hit the trail in our little corner of the northern Chihuahuan Desert.  There wasn't even a breeze to help moderate the heat.  Even the archer was leaving in his white SUV when we were nearly at the end of LDR-A down by the east/west arroyo.  When I yelled to him, "Got an early start, did you?" he said, "You have to now."

Other than a guy on an ATV who zipped up the long dirt road far ahead of us we saw nobody else out in the desert, the floor of which felt like a skillet.  Nevertheless we did trek all the way up to Second Arroyo where we ducked in for a quick shade and water break.

Took too many photos of a male Scott's Oriole on several different yucca stalks, and I ended up posting too many here.  That's what happens when it's too damned hot to spend time looking for other subjects.
Heelers

This and the next 2:  Barrel Cactus budding



Tortugas and the Organs

LDR

The rest:  Scott's Oriole (apologies)









1 comment:

Dr. K said...

Lovely photos of the Scott's Oriole. My favorite is the 4th one you posted.

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