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Friday, August 22, 2014

Change of Plans

Had it been sunny we might have seen this Hedgehog Cactus in bloom
We were going to head up to the Sacramento Mountains this morning, but the forecast for up there was pretty dire.  It was raining early this morning, but Becca and I got in a long hike despite being sprinkled on for most of the trek.  We ran into Jimmy and talked for a good while.  Fortunately he identified the plant in yesterday's post (today's, too) that I incorrectly called Wright's Prairie Clover.  It is, in fact, Plume Coldenia (Tiquilia greggii).
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Tiquilia greggii (aka Plume Coldenia)

This whole are is covered with Plume Coldenia

More Plume Coldenia

Healthy Ocotillos in a rainy desert

Clouds pressing down on the Organ Mountains

Range Ratany

Another blooming Barrel Cactus

Barrel Cactus flowers side view

Those are the Organ Mountains out there

Cloudy mountains

Tortugas Mountain


One happy hiker

Small Barrel Cactus (I wear a size 11 boot)

Devil's Head (not a Barrel Cactus)

This is the kind of sprinkles that spat on us three-fourths of the time

Don't know what this is (a flower coming out of a Prickly Pear?)

Desert Zinnia

A mound of Desert Zinnia

3 comments:

Dr. K said...

So many blossoms in the desert. I really like the desert zimia.

Scott said...

Some great images today, Packrat. I like how the desert flora seems to grow in clumps rather than spread out; it's the the desert is studded with blooming pincushions.

The image of the pink and orange flower of the barrel cactus is really great. That's a keeper!

Whatever's coming out of the prickly pear fruit is really strange. You should follow the progress on that over the next few days if it's anywhere near a regular hiking route.

Rainy here today, too (Saturday), but sunny for Sunday--not that we can do much with Kali's foot out of commission.

packrat said...

Thank you, Scott. I'm perplexed about what's coming from the Prickly Pear fruit; I've never seen anything like it. The form is that of an emerging flower, but flowers generally precede the fruit. I will keep an eye on it.

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