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Sunday, January 28, 2018

National Monument Hike

Getting started on the Sierra Vista Trail once again
Dr. K, Becca and I got a pretty early start out to Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument this morning, and we thought we were going to be cold.  It was 28F here at the house with a stiff wind when we left; but out at the monument it was sunny and warm, not a breath of a breeze.  Within a short distance we were peeling off layers of clothing.  We didn't get down to our skivvies, though, and it's a good thing.  On the way back a cooling breeze picked up and we were glad we'd kept light jackets on.  We ran into a few other hikers, the first two a man and woman with two dogs, one of which was a tiny replica of Becca.  When I said to the man, "I see a strong resemblance," he said, "This is the new model just off the lot."  The second man and woman were hiking with a beautiful German Shepherd.  When the Shepherd passed Becca he tried to get over close to her when the woman said to her dog, "Mind your own business."  Those were our only encounters, though there were quite a few campers in the campground, and we saw one man nearby walking a Great Dane.  We see more and more campers out there every week.  Obviously word has gotten out about our beautiful national monument.
Leafless Ocotillos

Who's that in the Ocotillo?

It's a Cactus Wren

Looking very cute

Final shot of the Cactus Wren

Black-throated Sparrow

Becca leading the way ahead

Fishhook Barrel Cactus

Closeup of the fishhooks

Happy hiker

Rolling grassland and the Organ Mountains

Northern section of the Organs

Shadow and light on the mountains

Sagebrush Sparrow (Artemisiospiza nevadensis)

Sagebrush Sparrow

Organ Mountains

Getting closer to the mountains

Closer still

Curve-billed Thrasher

Tree just north of Black Mountain

Missed the bird, but I'm calling it an artsy shot

Leafless Chinaberry trees at the side of Black Mountain

Rainbow Hedgehog Cactus

Same Rainbow Hedgehog, different perspective

Dr. K and Becca

Side of Black Mountain

Sunlight barely touching columns of rock

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

Beautiful photos of the four different kinds of birds. It was a lovely morning for a hike.

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