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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

My Bad

Having just descended the mountain on the single-track
The mistake I made this morning was in believing it felt cooler than it actually was; as a result I made our hike longer than it should been, thereby causing Becca to get hotter than she should have been.  She handled it all right, though, because we took frequent shade and water breaks.  I think the humidity was higher than usual, but local meteorologists haven't predicted any precipitation for today.  There weren't many other outdoor enthusiasts on or about the mountain so the Beckster and I had no encounters with members of the human species--just the way we like it.

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)

Desert Zinnia

Desert Zinnia

Desert Zinnia

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


Dr. K said...

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!

packrat said...

Hi Jacqui:

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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