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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Good, Long Sunday Hike

Prospector or hiker?  Hiker
Becca and I took a long Sunday-morning  hike on the east side of Tortugas Mounain, departing from the Monte Vista parking area, trekking two-thirds of the way around the mountain, doing some serious bushwhacking in order to photograph some nearly-fully bloomed yuccas before retracing our steps back to the car.  Although there were a few other hikers out there this morning, we only came close to an encounter with two:  a young man and young woman hiking with their two well-behaved Pitbulls.
Three Sotols

Torrey Yuccas beginning to bloom

Pinacate Beetle

The long and short of it

Becca having a blast

Beginning of a yucca flower stalk

Yucca flowers

Looking left

Ocotillo buds

Torrey Yucca and the Organ Mountains

Yucca and mountains

Looking right

Hefty flower stalk

Closeup of Torrey Yucca blossoms

Barrel Cacti

Where to take a break in the desert

Funky flower stalk

Desert Chicory


Dr. K said...

Those yucca were worth hunting down--beautiful blossoms.


The yukkas growing close to the Copa beachfront are now in bloom, ha ha. Beautiful spikes of creamy flowers. The plants aren't as large as the one's in your photos - maybe they don't like being so far from home. Today, once again, the desert photos are wonderful.

packrat said...

Thanks, Jacqui. I'd love to see those yuccas in Copa some day. :)

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