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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Interesting Encounter

See-through legume pod with yellow beans
On our way back from a long trek this morning Becca and I met an interesting woman on the high foothills trail.  She's a mountain biker who had stopped to photograph Strawberry Pitaya Cacti, a teacher from Canada--originally from the UK--who is new to this area.  Because I seemed somewhat knowledgeable about desert plants she asked a lot of question about Chihuahuan Desert flora and fauna (especially rattlesnakes).  I enjoyed our brief conversation very much because she was so curious, and interested in learning as much as she could about the region. 
Sun through Mormon Tea flowers

The Beckster blazing the trail

Ocotillo and Stawberry Pitaya Hedgehog Cactus

Plumed Crinklemat

I hope the Coyote who deposited this scat didn't have diverticulitis

See-through legume plant

Prickly Pear blossom

Same flower

Flowers opening on a Prickly Pear Cactus

Prickly Pear flowers and buds

Soaptree Yucca flower stalks

Soaptree Yucca blossoms and fuzzy moon

Soaptree Yucca flowers (Ocotillo blooms in background)

Huge mound of Strawberry Pitaya flowers

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

Those see-through legume pods are interesting--I wonder why they're transparent?

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