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Monday, May 31, 2010

Blissful Clouds


The cloudy western face of Tortugas.

My thoughts are scattered and they're cloudy.

Road around the mountain.

Dora the Explora.

The old observatory atop Tortugas Mountain.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Desert Sunday


Nighthawk at rest.

Nighthawk in flight.

Dr. K and Becca at rest.

Packrat and Becca at rest.



Prickly Pear flower.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Life of Riley


Talk about taking it easy, huh?

Saturday Sojourn


A beautiful, sunny morning on Tortugas's west side.
A sudden dip in the trail around the mountain.

Keep on trekking on.


Bishop's Cap.



Chihuahuan Desert scene.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Friday Frivolity


It was already hot when we started out this morning.

The Beckster was unperturbed by the weather.

The desert plants were eating up the sun.

Later, in the afternoon at the Chihuahuan Observation Center, this Jackrabbit was doing its best to avoid the sunshine.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Animals in the Desert


Here's one: Deserticus caninecus.

We ran across this snake, which I'll have to identify later.

Many people don't like snakes, but they're beautiful creatures.

Raspberries.


Horny Lizard says, "How's that for camouflage?"

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Very Early Start


Becca and I got out to the mountain not long after sunrise this morning, and were able to hike in shadow for a spell.

Ocotillo flowers are in the process of wilting.

Bouquet and dog.

Bouquet.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Yucca Daze


They're blooming all over the place.

Flowers and observatory.

Pausing in the shade of a Yucca.

Soaptree Yucca and Organ Mountains.

The gangs all here.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Cold Front


It was very cool this morning on the western slope of Tortugas when this hawk flew by.

Artsy shot of the Beckster and her master's shadow.

Yucca forest.

Yuccas and the Franklin Mountains near El Paso.



Creamy white Yucca flowers and Tortugas Mountain.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sunday Hike


The Beckster led the way this morning, as usual.

Dr. K was enjoying the beautiful day.

As was the grizzled Packrat.

We ran into this adolescent rattlesnake.



Closeup of the rattle.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Tortugas in the Morning


West side start.

Yuccas a-blooming.

Soaptree Yuccas on Tortugas's west side.

Relaxing in the early-morning shade.

Friday, May 21, 2010

One More Pic


Had to add this shot of a Mexican Bird-of-Paradise from the grounds here at COC.

Chihuahuan Observation Center


Cholla flower on the grounds of COC.

Yellow flowers of the Blind Prickly Pear Cactus.

Castor and Pollux.

Pollen anyone?



Cactus flower bouquet.

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