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Monday, June 13, 2016


Southeast side of Las Cruces, New Mexico
I said on an earlier post this spring that I'd never seen so many Rain Lilies out in the desert west of Tortugas Mountain.  Now almost all of them seem to be jettisoning their seeds at the same time.  A few days ago I took one of the seed pods that had just burst open and brought the seeds home to scatter about our property.  I have no idea if they'll propagate, but I hope they do because they're among the most beautiful seasonal flowers in the northern Chihuahuan Desert.
Happy to get an early start

Up to the high foothills

View on the way up

Almost there

Allegory of the cave

Along the single-track

Quite overcast this morning

A tall Ocotillo

White-winged Doves eating Ocotillo flowers

Wary of our approach

Flighty dove


Beautiful clouds

An old Soaptree Yucca seed pod

We did a bit of arroyo exploring

Mountains from a distance

Closing in on Tortugas and the Organs

Quite a trek from here to there

Rain Lily seed pod with seeds

Rain Lily seed pods

The seed pod at right is ready to burst open

Rain Lilies are broadcasting seeds all over the desert

Part of the Ocotillo forest

White-thorn Acacia


Dr. K said...

The photo called "Peace" would make a nice holiday card.

packrat said...

I'll get right on it, Dr. K. :)

Grand View--Not

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