The sky was spitting rain when Becca and I began our hike on the west side of Tortugas Mountain. Here's a shot of the distant Franklin Mountains near El Paso, a threatening sky above.
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Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Captain Kangaroo Rat
Becca nearly ripped my arm out of its socket straining to get at this dead Kangaroo Rat on the west side of Tortugas Mountain. Kangaroo Rats survive eating seeds; they can do without water, getting all the moisture they need from their seed diet.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
The wind kept the temperature moderate this morning as Becca and I plied the west side of the mountain. First thing we did was run into the Rolling Stones.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Evening at COC
I got my camera out to take this photo of a Collared Lizard here on the grounds of the Chihuahuan Observation Center. While watching him I noticed all of the Cottontail Rabbits and Jackrabbits making a rapid exit.
Humid and Hot
This morning felt a little uncomfortable for Becca and me. Lingering humidity and sunshine beating down on us raised our body temperatures. We thought of taking shelter in our wilderness cabin, but, as you can see, it needs some work.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Tour de Tortugas
A beautiful morning greeted Research Associate Becca, Dr. K and I as we hiked around Tortugas Mountain. Slightly high humidity levels let clouds form around the Organ Mountains.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Weekend Hike II
Here's a yucca that at first sight resembles an elk.
A mass of Soaptree Yuccas blooming simultaneously.
Yes, Research Associate Becca and I are out in the desert even on the weekends. Research is an ongoing endeavor, you know. Check out this upside-down yucca spur.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Research Associate Becca and I started off on the Monte Vista side of Tortugas Mountain this morning and were immediately overwhelmed by the beauty of the day.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
What's Blooming at COC?
I had to post some photos of plants blooming at the Chihuahuan Observation Center because they're so damned beautiful. Here's a shot of a distinctive cholla flower.
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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...