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Monday, August 22, 2016

Another Rainstorm

Allthorn flowers
During the overnight hours we had a storm--lots of lightning and thunder--that sent Becca into the bedroom for reassurance.  I petted her for quite a while before she calmed down.  When I took her out into the backyard in the morning to do her business I saw that we had received more rain than I had imagined.  And on the west side of Tortugas Mountain, where Becca and I did a moderately-long hike, there was evidence of fairly heavy rainfall.  With a lower temperature (60F), a persistent breeze, and the shadow of the mountain it felt almost chilly here in this section of the northern Chihuahuan Desert.

Rather cool in the shadow

Missed this Devil's Head blooming

Rainwater flow had deeply pitted the single-track

Into the lower desert

Do you see the size of this Prickly Pear pad

Yucca kachinas

Heavy water flow here

Barrel Cacti blooming all over

The puddle on the right is about 15 feet in length

Side view of the puddle

More Barrel Cactus

Barrel Cacti flowers and buds look like candy

Closeup of Barrel Cactus blossoms

West of Tortugas

Ocotillo and the Organs

Starting back in


Fruit of the Pencil Cholla

Hedgehog in the sun

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

What a treat to feel almost chilly on your hike. Those puddles show that we had quite a bit of rainfall last night.

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