|Early shade break|
|New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum (center right)|
|Past the Ocotillos|
|Rain Lily seed pods|
|Closeup of the pods|
|Circling before plopping down|
|Not just yet, okay?|
|I believe this is a Fire Ant with a heavy load|
|I'm always on ant lookout when Becca lies in the sand|
|Two young women walking horses on Geothermal Road|
I envy those young women with the horses--must be nice to ride them during the summertime.
I have to conduct my Breeding Bird Survey at the end of May and beginning of June. I try to choose days as pleasant as possible to conduct the surveys, but sometimes I just can't be too choosy because of a long stretch of consistently poor weather. As a result, sometimes I have to go out on days that are very warm and very humid. It takes me about 20 minutes to walk to my site, and I try to get there as quickly as possible because then I can start (and finish) the day's survey as close to sunrise as possible. So, I walk very briskly, during which my core body temperature goes way up and I sweat a lot to try to bring my temperature back down. Once I get to my survey starting point, I stand at the point for ten minutes, then move on to the next survey point, where I again stand for 10 minutes; you get the picture. What I've found is that it usually takes me 30 minutes (3 survey points) to cool back to normal and stop sweating like a pig after I work up a sweat on the walk over. Sounds like your experience today.
I was trying to be more poetic, Scott, but "sweating like a pig" sums it up pretty well.
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