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Monday, April 8, 2013

Beating the Wind

Northwest slope of Tortugas Mountain
Becca and I got in a long hike west of Tortugas Mountain before the wind picked up this morning.  We're under a high-wind warning for today and tomorrow.  It was pleasant when we were on the trail, however, and we took full advantage of the calm.  We saw a beautiful Scott's Oriole west of the mountain, and it was patient enough to let me get a good photo.  The video of the bird contains a snippet of its song right at the start, but it wouldn't sing again.  Instead it was listening to another Oriole singing nearby.
Blooming Yucca

On the trail west of Tortugas

Deer tracks in the sand

Hula skirt

Looking for critters

Scott's Oriole on an Ocotillo wand

Two-headed Yucca in bloom

Tortugas (Tortoise) icon near the ramada at the Sunset Area


Scott said...

Great set of images, Packrat. I especially like the first image with the varied colors and the shaded, curvaceous slopes; well done! And, of course, the oriole shot is very nice, as is the exuberant blooming yucca. A good day was had by all.

Dr. K said...

Beautiful birdsong.

packrat said...

Thanks, Scott. Good thing we had a good day yesterday because today was anything but. Blustery doesn't even begin to describe it.

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