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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Osha Trail Once More

Huge tent caterpillar tent
We did yet another hike on the Osha Trail just outside of Cloudcroft before heading down the mountain for the low desert.  The sheer number of tent caterpillars in the Sacramento Mountains is amazing, and the fourth image here shows a tent teeming with the squiggly insects.  I hiked in shorts and a short-sleeve shirt this morning, and was slightly chilly in a stiff wind and temps in the low 50s.  I'm remembering that feeling now as I bake in 90-degree temperatures in the lower Chihuahuan Desert.
Malformed Whatsit flower

Sock-like caterpillar tent

Tent caterpillars galore

Cliff Rose

Becca in her favorite element

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

Those tent cocoons are fascinating to observe.

Grand View--Not

Early morning moon A man and woman were just starting down the Bridal Veil Falls Trail when we rolled into the Grand View Trail parking lot....