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Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Bit of Warmth

LDR-A arroyo
Lack of wind and a bit higher temperature (38F vs. yesterday's 33F) made it feel significantly warmer during our morning exploration.

Just as we were about to turn eastward on the east/west cross trail--having descended from the upper flatland via the LDR-A arroyo--Frio spotted a jackrabbit sitting up in the typical "I'm about to make tracks" jackrabbit alert posture.  Frio and Willow barked at the hare, but the critter paused long enough to make a decision about how much energy to expend fleeing, opting for a quick departure absent the necessity of kicking in the afterburners.  Heelers were remarkably responsive to my "No!" command, staying in place despite their instinct to pursue.

On the way out we took a long break near the mesquite tree in Right Branch Arroyo, and I was able to take several different photographs to showcase the silly expressions on the Heelers' faces.

Loggerhead Shrike photographed at great distance

Frio and Willow

View from Left Branch Arroyo

Organ Mountains

Torrey Yuccas

Soaptree Yucca (Torrey Yuccas on the ridge)

This & next:  same Torrey Yuccas

The long view

Torrey Yucca

Soaptree Yuccas

This & next 3: Willow and Frio at rest in Right Branch Arroyo

This & next:  similar images, but . . .

. . . in this one I altered the hue/saturation of the mountains

Yuccas and Ocotillo on a ridge west of the Organs


1 comment:

Dr. K said...

I love all those different expressions on the Heelers' faces.

Bling Shakers

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