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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Far Side Trek

Starting in shadow
Dr. K, Becca and I drove to the Monte Vista side of Tortugas Mountain for a long trek two-thirds of the way around and back.  The weather, for the most part, was perfect:  partially sunny and cool with a slight breeze.  It got a little toasty on the way back, but not hot enough to make it feel uncomfortable.  There seemed to be quite a few outdoor enthusiasts about, but we only encountered a few mountain bikers.  All in all we had a very good hike, burning some calories while enjoying the beautiful scenery.
Breaking into the light


Anxious to keep moving

Almost to the saddle

Purple Organs

On the far side of the saddle

In Tortugas's southern foothills

Typical Chihuahuan Desert flora

Wispy clouds over the mountains

Barrel Cactus

Closeup of the flower buds

Even closer

Leader of the pack on the way back

No bushwhacking permitted

Purple Prickly Pear fruit

Good-sized Barrel Cactus

Closeup of flowers and buds

Flower of the Barrel Cactus

An ant taking advantage of the sweet blossom

Wish they'd all bloom at the same time

Side view

On the east side heading back

Boulders, sky and clouds

Not my best side

Looks like a young male Bullock's Oriole

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

There was evidence this morning that the rain had cut into the ground in some places. NIce photos of the barrel cactus blossoms.

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Tortugas and the Organs We got a fairly early start this morning so it wasn't hot at all:  62F.  The cloud cover helped the temperature ...