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Saturday, October 22, 2016

No Roaming Charges

Fall comes to the Chihuahuan Desert
Becca and I did a long, leisurely roam in the desert west of Tortugas Mountain this morning, exploring several different arroyos.  It was relatively cool starting off, but the temperature rose fairly quickly.  We're headed for a high of 86F today after a high of only 74F yesterday.  The rest of the week looks to be in the mid-80s--not too bad for late October.  Dr. K was in Tempe, Arizona yesterday where the temperature was 97F; way too hot for this time of year.
Straight shot west

What is Becca staring at so intently?

Oh--Becca spotted a mountain biker

House Finch

Heading for a low-lying arroyo

The view eastward

The Chihuahuan Desert is a high desert, between 3,500 and 5,000 feet

Exploring a dry wash (aka "arroyo")

Plant island in an arroyo

How to relax at the beach

Headed up that-a-way

We'll be exiting the arroyo soon

Soaptree Yucca

We got sidetracked up a narrow, grassy arroyo

Huge, old Soaptree Yucca

How the Chihuahuan Desert looks in autumn

Various stage of Ocotillo leafiness

Too much air traffic

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

Leaves do turn brown in the desert in the autumn--ocotillo leaves, that is.

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