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Friday, August 11, 2017

First Sign of Autumn?

Rough Menodora
We were 98F yesterday, and we're headed for 95F today.  Don't seem much like fall temperatures to me, but some Ocotillos are exhibiting signs of the coming autumn; leaves are yellowing noticeably.  Becca and I hiked under an almost completely overcast sky this morning, and we were happy for the break from the sun.  The humidity was extremely high, though, and I wouldn't be surprised in the least if we get some showers this afternoon.
Early start

Becca blazing a trail (well, not really)

Some Ocotillo leaves are yellowing already

Plumed Crinklemat

Approaching the saddle

High-elevation cactus garden

Plumed Crinklemat blooming in foreground

Organ Mountains with Bishop Cap (center horizon)

Desert Cottontail

They call me "Bunny Rabbit"

Partly-cloud to the northeast

Cloud to the northwest

Unicorn Plant

Unicorn Plant is also called "Devil's Claw"

Two Soaptree Yuccas

A young Say's Phoebe

Long road on the west side of Tortugas

Nice cloud cover

Back this way to the mountains

Just who's leading this pack?

Meh

Hog Potato

This tiny Horned Lizard is smaller than a silver dollar

Fly on Indian Peabush flower

We sure benefited from the overcast this morning

Desert Marigolds

Same Marigolds, wider shot

Barrel Cactus flower buds

Cutleaf Globe Berry

Cutleaf Globe Berry (Ibervillea tenuisecta)

The sky as we headed back up the mountain

A nice bouquet of Desert Zinnia

Cabbage White?

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

What a cute close-up photo of the desert cottontail. There are so many different flowers blooming even in the heat of the summer.

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