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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Saturday, November 29, 2008
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
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
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
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Saturday, November 22, 2008
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.
Tortugas Mountain 33F when we started off this morning; a stiff wind made it feel quite frigid. The only thing that kept conditions relativ...