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Sunday, August 16, 2020

La Chiesa di Natura

Barrel Cactus buds
We got a very early start on our Sunday morning hike today, which consisted of this:  down LDR-A to the major east/west arroyo, up LDR to Second Arroyo, east into the arroyo for a shade and water break, brief exploration (by me) for photo subjects while Dr. K waited with the Heelers, and then a retracing of our steps.

On the way back up LDR-A we saw three horseback riders behind us on LDR, and then, a short while later, a young guy in a passenger car driving up LDR to where it intersects with Tellbrook.  Not sure who would want to drive a car on that dirt road, but to each his own.

On the way home we made a detour to our local gas station to refuel Whitey the CR-V, and then we drove up Geothermal Road to see how crowded it was at the gate to the dirt road.  Neither Frio nor Willow seemed upset by the extra-long ride.

At first I thought it was Jimson Weed, but now I'm not sure

Awaiting clearance for takeoff

Willow and Frio

Ran into Jerry Garcia again

Desert Zinnia bouquet

Looking toward Tortugas from inside Second Arroyo

Dr. K and the Heelers

Looking like a smoke cloud

This and the next 2:  distant riders



This and the next:  baby Barrel Cactus blooming


This and the next 2:  Great-tailed Grackle


 

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

I really like those close-up photos of the grackle, which is one of my favorite birds.

But Whenever Monday Comes . . .

First 2:  along the upper flatland road Willow, Frio and I started off from our normal parking spot near Tellbrook Drive this morning, hikin...