A quiet morning greeted us this Sunday as Dr. K, Research Associate Becca and I made our way around Tortugas Mountain from the Monte Vista trail head. These two pert and alert hikers were taking a break near a small cave.
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Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
South Side of the Mountain
It was a beautiful, cool morning as Research Associate Becca and I started out on the Monte Vista side of Tortugas Mountain. It was cool, but sunny, as this photo of the mountain's east flank shows.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Here Comes The Sun
After yesterday's rain, it was pleasant to get out into the sunny weather today. The few clouds lingering around the Organ Mountains made for interesting vistas.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
After a heavy rain this morning, the desert provides fascinating lessons; like how the Variegated Agave leaves catch water and funnel it to the plant roots.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Here are some telephoto shots of the Organ Mountains. Notice the transmission line poles bisecting this image.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Purple Prickly Pear
Just had to post this photo of a Purple Prickly Pear that stood out on our hike this morning. It's easy to see how it got its name.
A cool and breezy morning greeted Research Associate Becca and I as we hiked the Tortugas Mountain trail on the west side. Here's a vista showing part of the trail that we eventually looped back on.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Hey--What About Me?
Research Associate Becca chewed me out for not posting her picture on the earlier post. As one of my Italian friends told me: "She's the star of the blog." Well, here's your photo, Ham.
East Side Ramble
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Monte Vista Mood
Here's Research Associate Becca about to traverse the most difficult section of the trail that hugs Tortugas Mountain on the Monte Vista side.
Friday, November 21, 2008
It was cold last night--about 28--and this morning it was obvious that there was a slight temperature inversion. That's what is responsible for the haze in front of the Organs.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
On the west side of Tortugas Mountain this morning, Research Associate Becca got all bothered by a scent she picked up near this forest of yuccas.
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Yucca shadow Willow, Frio and I did a quick, but usual, hike in the lower desert this morning. Dr. K stayed at home to take care of her out...