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Friday, January 31, 2014

Comes the Wind--Again

Sunrise at the ranch
Becca and I were out to the mountain before the worst of the wind picked up; but it started worsening when we were hiking with JC and Shaque on the inner loop trail.  It's supposed to get even worse than yesterday, 25- to 35-mile-per-hour sustained winds with gusts to 45 mph and 50 mph.  When the wind blows that powerfully in the desert there's always dust in the sky--as there was yesterday.  And it's looking like it will be even dustier today.  Yuck.
A particularly interesting Creosote Bush

Up the western slope of Tortugas Mountain

Trail through the arroyo

Higher in the foothills

Clouds come and go

Sunny in the west

Pausing for a look at Tortoise Mountain

Prickly Pear (foreground), Franklin Mountains on the horizon

Clouds return over Tortugas Mountain and the Organ Mountains


Scott said...

The dust in the air may make for some awe-inspiring sunrises and sunsets, Packrat--a silver lining in the windstorm. Your first image is very, very nice, by the way, and I like the image of the Franklin Mountains behind the prickly pears.

packrat said...

Thanks, Scott. You're right about dust in the air making for fabulous sunrises and sunsets. Not so good for the old throat, however.


Dr. K said...

I like the photo of Becca craning her neck to get a good sniff of that creosote bush.

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