|Having just descended the mountain on the single-track|
|How to stand out from the crowd|
|♫ "She was a Dayflower . . . " ♫ (Sung to the Beatles' "Day Tripper")|
|Cross Cut Trail is nearly overgrown|
|Green and yellow desert|
|That's the Cross Cut Trail|
|Bouquets of Desert Zinnia (Zinnia acerosa)|
|Carpet of Chinchweed (Pectis papposa) in the northern Chihuahuan Desert|
|Even more Chinchweed|
|Looking up the road|
|West of Tortugas Mountain|
|Scratch-and-sniff: Chinchweed has a lemony scent|
|Look who's taking advantage of a late-blooming Ocotillo|
Great photo of the hummingbird, Packrat. I love seeing all that chinchweed in the desert.
Is that a grasstree - the tall plant with the spray of leaves out the top? We have lots of grasstrees here. They grow in rocky situations with lower growing shrubs. Looks like the desert is really blooming!
No, not a grasstree. It's an especially tall Soaptree Yucca. I googled to see if they were perhaps related, but they're not.
Yes, the desert is really blooming due to the abundant rainfall we've had of late. I've run into several hikers recently who can't believe how green it is!
Hope all is well with you and yours.
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