|Probably a large dog: I think I see evidence of toenails|
We did our normal hike today, and the Heelers were unusually feisty, veering this way and that in their attempt to make me feel like a geriatric puppet master. They did a good job.
Things went downhill fast when a desert cottontail erupted from a bush just a few feet in front of Willow. Both she and Frio reacted immediately, and I had to exert maximum control to keep them in check. The sighting made them totally rambunctious as they struggled to pursue the critter even after it had disappeared into the desert brush.
Despite the distractions we all enjoyed a good hike this morning.
|Prickly Pear, Soaptrees and the Organ Mountains|
|This & next: Soaptree with a fallen, crooked stalk|
|Frio and Willow leading the way down LDR-A arroyo|
|Chihuahuan Desert flora|
|Yuccas and the Organ Mountains|
|Frio and Willow|
|Ocotillo on a ridge|
|Deer tracks in Right Branch Arroyo|
|Deadwood otra vez|
|Mesquite seed pods|
|This & next: same small tree|
|The long view from Right Branch Arroyo|