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Monday, July 13, 2015

Thank you, Wind

Vista of the northern Chihuahuan Desert
I felt lucky this morning because a hot desert was made much more bearable by a constant wind.  I'd like to believe that the cooling wind had a somewhat similar benefit for Becca, but dogs don't sweat and, therefore, do not experience perspiration evaporating in the wind.  Canines cool themselves by panting and perspiring from their foot pads.  I sometimes wonder if wind across a dog's tongue and into its mouth and lungs would provide a similar evaporative-cooling process, though obviously in a far less efficient manner than in humans.
On a long, dusty road

The foothills of Tortugas Mountain

Very small dry arroyo

Two trucks truckin' up the mountain road

Westminster Dog Show pose

Devil's Claw

Rain Lily

A bend in the road

Ocotillo forest

Exceptionally tall Ocotillos, some 20' or higher

Time for a shady respite

Becca enjoying a long break in the shade

Headed back up the mountain

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

It's nice to see that the ocotillos are still green and lush (considering they're ocotillos).

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