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Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Toaster

Tooling along the high foothills trail
It was already so hot this morning Becca and I felt like two pieces of sliced bread inside our Oster toaster.  There wasn't a breath of wind to ameliorate the heat.  We did a long hike nevertheless, careful of where we were walking due to yesterday's meetup with a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake.  We're always cautious during snake season, but a close encounter of the third kind with a venomous viper always makes us a bit more twitchy.  No snake sightings today, though.
Straight across a small plateau

Sea of Ocotillos

White-thorn Acacia

Sweetest-smelling flowers in the Chihuahuan Desert

West of the mountain

Becca enjoying a shade break

Lots of Ocotillos growing between here and the Organs

Soaptree Yucca fruit

Tiny yellow spider on a yucca flower

Stretching

Joined by other insects

Yet another break

The side of our property closest to the arroyo

Desert Cottontail at our waterhole

Long quaff

Desert Willow

Desert Willow (not a true willow)

2 comments:

Dr. K said...

Packrat, you have such a good eye. I don't know how you spotted that tiny spider on the yucca flower.

packrat said...

Well, it was small, but not that small, Dr. K. :)

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