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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Chilly and Warm

Devil's Head
Because of yesterday's rain there was high humidity when Becca and I hit the trails this morning; but the air was cool with a persistent breeze.  Trekking up the steeper sections of the high foothills trail around Tortugas Mountain I had that uncomfortable feeling of being chilly and warm simultaneously.  I never broke out into a sweat, but that sensation of being overheated in cool temperatures is quite unpleasant.  Becca, you'll be glad to hear, doesn't seem to suffer from that malady; at least she's never admitted as much to me.
Ocotillo flower and Cactus Wren

About to reach the level section of the trail

Can a dog look over her shoulder?  Does a dog have shoulders?

Almost ready to bloom

Bicolor Fanmustard

Claret Cup

Look out

Obviously a legume

My first thought was "Big cat!"  On reflection I decided, "Big dog."

The desert after rain

Petals of the Pale Evening Primrose turn pink as they mature

Best buds

Soaptree Yucca flower stalk on the way to blooming

Scott's Oriole on an Ocotillo flower



Dr. K said...

It's amazing that the cactus wren is able to perch on that slender and fragile-looking ocotillo stem.

packrat said...

Not so fragile, though, Dr. K, as you well know. :)

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