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Friday, February 27, 2009
I like spring as much as the next person, but I don't want it to start in the third week of February. But flowers are beginning to bloom in the Chihuahuan Desert.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I had to go to the store this morning to buy provisions for the Chihuahuan Observation Center, so Becca and I got off to a later start on our field research. We didn't get onto the Tortugas Mountain trail, Sunset Side, until 10:10 a.m. The first thing we stumbled across was this imprint of a three-toed deer. Seriously!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
We're headed for 83 degrees today, and it already felt warm this morning when Research Associate Becca and I got onto the trail. The Organ Mountains looked spectacular as usual.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Research Associate Becca and I got out early on the Tortugas Mountain trail this morning, hoping to record some interesting images in the light created from a milky overcast. Here's a typical Chihuahuan Desert scene, with Yuccas, Ocotillos and Prickly Pear cactus.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
There were lots of people enjoying the desert around Tortugas Mountain. Right off we bumped into Annie Oakley.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Beautiful morning this, and Becca and I were out on the west side of Tortugas Mountain. That's where we saw this large, geode-like rock, whose outer layer seemed to be white sediment.
Friday, February 20, 2009
It's February 20th, and although the morning was clear and crisp when Becca and I started off on the Tortugas Mountain trail, the temperature is supposed to rise to 67 degrees today. Can you beat it? Desert Dog doesn't think so.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Research Associate Becca and I were out early this morning, enjoying the desert around Tortugas Mountain. Out in the Mesilla Valley we saw this smoke from a distant fire.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Because of responsibilities here at COC, Research Associate Becca and I were not able to get out to Tortugas Mountain this morning. So I'm posting this photo of Ralph the Roadrunner, who lives on the grounds here. We see him frequently in the backyard, hunting for breakfast and lunch. He's a handsome cuss, isn't he?
Desert sea? Everything was quite wet when we got started this morning due to overnight rain. But the only consequences we suffered were wet...