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Sunday, December 18, 2016

South Along the Organs

Doing a number on your buddy
It was 23F when we set off for the Sierra Vista Trail this morning.  The problem with hiking in cold weather is it's easy to get overheated from exertion; then you're trying to regulate your body temperature efficiently.  That's why it's important to layer clothing for such a hike.  Layering allows you to remove items of apparel to ensure you cool down correctly.  This morning, though, it stayed so cold during our entire trek that neither Dr. K, Becca nor I took any clothing off.
How to approach a Prickly Pear Cactus

How to eat a Prickly Pear Cactus

At the Sierra Vista trailhead

Looking back at the pokey photographer

Clouds getting interesting


Small herd of Mule Deer

Photo #2 for comparison

Young Mule Deer buck

On the move

Stopping for another good look

Beautiful creatures

Time to get going

Speed it up!

Sun breaking over the Organs

Crazy clouds

Cloud rays

The rugged Organ Mountains

This way folks

High desert grassland

High winds shredding the clouds

What's to steal?

Bishop Cap (right)

High-elevation arroyo

Look at the clouds now

A large Sotol on the left

Sotol with a flower stalk

A closer look at the Sotol

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

Great photos of the doves, rabbit, and deer. You should work for National Geographic, Packrat.

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