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Friday, August 1, 2014


Thoroughly-soaked Ocotillo
Just after midnight this morning the skies opened up and the rain poured down.  I had to jump out of bed to shut the patio enclosure doors.  It rained on and off through the night, and this morning local meteorologists were reporting 3" of rain in parts of Las Cruces.  Becca and I got in a fairly long hike under clearing conditions, but it's raining again now, and we're under flash flood warnings through Sunday.  Looks as if the next three days will be plenty soggy.
Getting off trail in a wet desert

A Devil's Head Cactus (Echinocereus horizonthalonius) plump with rain

Three-foot Barrel Cactus

Wisps of clouds almost touching earth

Ocotillo flower after rainstorm

More storms on the horizon

Clouds over the Organs

Not sure what this geological feature on the horizon is

Becca and puddle

Clouds obscure the Organ Mountains

Getting ready to head back up the mountain

A Barrel Cactus getting ready to bloom

Flower buds of the Barrel Cactus

Rainwater dripping from Ocotillo leaves


Section of Las Cruces, New Mexico

Heading home


Dr. K said...

Great photos, Packrat--very vivid. I especially like the one with the ocotillo.

Scott said...

I, too, like the images of the ocotillos bearing raindrops. I'll bet you're pretty happy about the substantial rain.

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