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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Making Up for Yesterday

Trailing Four O'Clock (Allionia incarnata)
I decided to extend our morning hike today because yesterday's trek was shortened due to errand running.  This decision was a bit of a mistake owing to the elevated humidity in our desert atmosphere.  Becca and I took sufficient shade and water breaks, however, and we enjoyed our outing even though the discomfort level was high.  Surprisingly there were plenty of other outdoor enthusiast on and about the mountain suffering the adverse conditions, too. 
They're driving golf balls from the mountaintop again

Extra early start this morning

Breaking into the sunshine

View from the high foothills

Down into the lower desert

Say's Phoebe

Say's Phoebe undergoing exorcism


Trailing Four O'Clock

Healthy Hedgehog Cactus

Yet another Trailing Four O'Clock

Another Hedgehog Cactus

Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis)

Lesser Nighthawk is a nightjar

Would not have spotted the Lesser Nighthawk had I not seen it land in shade

Barrel Cactus buds

Side view of the Barrel Cactus buds

Indian Rushpea (Hoffmannseggia glauca)

Prickly Pear Cactus

Chihuahuan Flax (Linum vernale)

Chihuahuan Flax

Barrel Cactus buds

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

Nice photos of the lesser nighthawk on the rocky ground.

Hump Day Hawk

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