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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Dynamic Desert Day

Prickly Pear pads, reminiscent of Apache Gaan dancers
A powerful cold front began blowing through the region today, bringing cooler temperatures and a high probability of much-needed rain.  Becca and I were able to get in a long trek before the wind rose to gale force.  The dynamic weather made for optimal photography conditions, and I took these images around Tortugas (Tortoise) Mountain and the Sierra de los Organos.
Tortugas (Tortoise) Mountain (left) and the Organ Mountains

Road into the outback

Cholla Cactus in bloom

Cholla Cactus flowers

Soaptree Yucca

Long road around the mountain

Torrey Yucca bearing fruit

Heading north around Tortugas

The rugged Organ Mountains (Sierra de los Organos)


Dr. K said...

I love the colors of the cholla cactus flower.

Scott said...

The close-up of the cholla flower against the blue sky is beautiful, and all the more appreciated because I've never seen a cholla in bloom--they often look like they're on death's door, to me.

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