I felt kind of nostalgic visiting some old friends (desert plants) in that section of northern Chihuahuan Desert. Both Willow and Frio were more than ready to relax in the shade of a favorite Soaptree Yucca inside the arroyo. Along the way I had the good fortune of photographing a Lesser Nighthawk who was very cooperative; usually they fly away at the slightest provocation.
After a brief stay in First Arroyo we retraced our steps down to the Tellbrook, crossed over and started up LDR-A before heading eastward on the cross trail that leads to the new arroyo. We took the right branch of that arroyo and hiked southward to our favorite mesquite, where we rested for a brief time before exiting the arroyo up the steep hill to its west.
|Leaning tower of yucca putting up a flower stalk|
|Frio and Willow heading up LDR|
|Leaning tower of yucca|
|Lesser Nighthawk (aka "Nightjar")|
|This & next: Frio and Willow at rest in First Arroyo|
|Haven't seen this Soaptree Yucca in a long while|
|This & next: view east up First Arroyo|
|Westward in First Arroyo|
|Our favorite shade-producing Soaptree Yucca|
|Heelers in yucca shadow|
|This & next: Soaptree Yuccas|
|Last two: blossoming Prickly Pear Cacti|