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Friday, December 16, 2016

Middle of Nowhere

Morning sky
This morning I found an old survey marker out in the middle of nowhere; then it dawned on me:  this can't be the middle of nowhere if there's a boundary marker here.  For the fourth or fifth time in several different locales we've come upon the disembodied head and neck of a fox.  I'm guessing that dogs have been carrying the partial carcass around.  Today I gave it a proper burial, digging a hole in the sand, covering the poor thing, and putting a white headstone near it.  If there is such a thing as a spirit world I pray that fox's spirit is romping around in a desert paradise.
Picacho "Peak"

Centennial High School and the Doña Ana Mountains

Here we go again

Earth and sky

Always keeping an eye on things

That's what you call a vast distance

Potrillo Mountains

Clouds really give the sensation of receding into the distance

Sun is in there somewhere

That sense of loneliness

Fairly tall Torrey Yucca

That trail goes over the flank of Tortugas

This way leads to a wide arroyo

Tortugas and the Organs under cloud cover

Cloud cover was pretty dense in places

Wide arroyo west of the mountain

Becca and the Organ Mountains

Those are large Torrey Yuccas

Chihuahuan Desert under heavy overcast

Found this 1927 boundary marker

Soaptree Yucca seed pods

Becca in a sandy arroyo bottom

The area where I found the survey marker

Dynamic sky

More sky

Odd-shaped cloud

The gap

Rock or pink dinosaur head?

Came across this poor critter yet again

Harbinger of the cold front rolling in

Not a palm, but an extra-tall Soaptree Yucca

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

These photos do justice to the beautiful morning sky, Packrat. I'm glad you gave the fox a good burial.

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