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Friday, July 15, 2022

Hawk and Moth

Moth with skull head (see next photo)
Despite it feeling somewhat cool before we left the house this morning when Dr. K, Willow, Frio and I got out to the trailhead and began our hike conditions felt pretty brutal.  Only occasionally did a slight breeze pick up to somewhat ameliorate the heat.

Big bonus on today's trek:  a Swainson's Hawk posed nicely for a set of photos before taking off; fortunately his front side was in full sunlight, unlike the backlit hawk I photographed yesterday.

All I can say is we were thankful to get back to the air-conditioned comfort of the CR-V after we finished our outing.

Five Spotted Hawk Moth

This & next 2:  Swainson's Hawk



Barrel with buds

Buds

This & next:  closeup of buds


Ripening fruit on a Prickly Pear Cactus

This & next:  Desert Spiny Lizard on yucca trunk


This & next:  Creosote flower


Ocotillo & the Organs (two hawks flying at right)

 

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

Beautiful photos this morning, Packrat. Excellent images of the Swainson's Hawk. My favorite photos are the ones of the Spiny Lizard on the Yucca trunk.

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