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Friday, August 25, 2017

We Are Here

Looks like Smallflower Wallflower, but I don't think so
It was about 50F when Dr. K, Becca and I started our morning hike on the Osha Trail near Cloudcroft, New Mexico.  The high temperature there today is slated to be 61F.  What a respite from the desert heat.  About two-thirds of the way through our trek the humidity skyrocketed, and we were fairly certain it would rain soon.  During our outing we ran into a man and woman who warned us about a Yellow Jacket nest they had accidentally disturbed, and both of the hikers had been stung several times.  Since we weren't heading along the section of trail they mentioned, we went about our merry way.  After the hike we drove up into the village to buy supplies at Family Dollar:  9 gallons of purified water, six-pack of apple juice, cookies, garbage bags, tea bags and Benadryl.  In the early afternoon back here in High Rolls it rained hard for about half an hour.
Smooth Spreading Four O'Clock (Mirabilis oxybaphoides)

Smooth Spreading Four O'Clock

No ID yet

The view down canyon

Heading up the Osha Trail

Watch out for the tree in the trail

Tall trees

White Sands from 9,000 feet

Good place to rest (village of Cloudcroft in the background)

Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja Linariifolia)

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush

Action shot

The trail ahead

This way to Śambhalaḥ


From the underside

So this is where we are

Scarlet Gilia (Ipomopsis aggregata)

Scarlet Gilia (aka "Skyrocket")


Which trail is this?

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

Osha has always been one of our favorite trails. Beautiful photos, especially the ones with the Indian paintbrush.

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