|Purple Prickly Pear Cactus|
The overcast kept the temperature up this morning; and the atmosphere felt oddly humid, though rain is not in the forecast. We came upon a troubling scene west of Tortugas Mountain this morning. Somebody (or bodies) used a sharp machete or sword to cleanly sever the wands of four or five different Ocotillos. I've never understood this kind of wanton destruction for destruction's sake.
|Always scouting the territory|
|Unfathomable act of vandalsim|
|Ocotillo wands hacked off with a machete?|
That vandalism is bizarre.
They must have been tall, too! What use could anyone possibly make of the ocotillos? Were the cut pieces laying on the ground?
Scott: The cut pieces were conspiciously absent, except for a few lying about. Straight Ocotillo wands can actually be used to make a "living" fence (as people in the Southwest have done for years), but it seems unlikely that anybody would be harvesting wands in that remote region.
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