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Monday, July 15, 2024

First Workweek Hike

Wilster
Saving grace out there this morning was a constant breeze; it kept the temperature from feeling as bad as it actually was.

We altered our regular hike to avoid running into a guy who was yelling cuss words loudly at no one in particular.

On the drive home we saw two police SUVs parked at the corner of Tellbrook and Noche Bella Loop, and we wondered if the cops were looking for the swearing hiker.

Flank of Tortugas

One down, two to go

 

The rest:  male quail



Sunday, July 14, 2024

Another Really Hot Morning

Willow in the left branch arroyo
Did our regular hike on another hot, almost steamy morning.  Saw no other nature enthusiasts out and about.

After the trek we took another drive around nearby neighborhoods, listening to Myron Medcalf and a host filling in for Matt Jones on the Sunday Morning show.

Parched Soaptree Yucca in the left branch

Three barrel cacti

This & next 2:  ocotillos leafing out



This & next:  prickly pear with shadow


Willow and Dr. K in Torrey Yucca shadow

Prickly pear with fruit

Willow and Dr. K

Northerly down the right branch

Nipple Beehive Cactus (Coryphantha macromeris)

Same Nipple Beehive

Tortugas and the Organs

 

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Saturday's Slog

This & next 6:  Ladder-backed Woodpecker on mesquite
Felt pretty awful out there this morning:  hotter than the past few mornings and more humid, even though there's no shot at rain.

We did our usual hike, seeing no one else in the process; not many nature enthusiasts are out challenging the elements like we three nuts are.

Took a short ride after the outing, driving through familiar neighborhoods to check out the surroundings.



 





This & next:  American Desert Hare (aka "jackrabbit")


This & next:  yucca behind Willow should be green


Spent yucca seed pod

Friday, July 12, 2024

Humider

A favorite Soaptree Yucca
It felt worse out there this morning than it had the past few days; that's because the humidity was higher even though chances of rain are nearly nonexistent.

We followed our usual route, stopping at the usual places for shade and water.  Fortunately not many ants were present in the spots Willow lies down on.

We saw no one else during the outing, which is exactly as we like it.

Soaptree Yucca (left) and Ocotillo

Willow in LDR-A arroyo

 

This & next:  Willow in the right branch arroyo


House Finch at launch

Spent Soaptree Yucca seed pods

Spot the Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Prickly Pear and Hedgehog cacti

Hedgehog Cactus

Feldspar?

Last 2:  Western Kingbird


Thursday, July 11, 2024

Humid Hike

Ocotillo and cloud
Humid on our regular hike this morning.  Saw another person out in the desert:  nature lover on dirt bike disturbing the peace.
Triptych of unknown bird



Artsy prickly pear

 

First Workweek Hike

Wilster Saving grace out there this morning was a constant breeze; it kept the temperature from feeling as bad as it actually was. We altere...