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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Window Frost

Some frost flakes on my car window
It rained a bit yesterday afternoon, and by evening there was still some moisture in the air; the result was morning frost of my car windows when Becca and I started off for Tortugas Mountain.  It was 30F when we hit the trail, but it didn't feel too cold because of abundant sunshine.  Also, there was little wind to speak of.  We did a nice long hike west of the mountain, and we only saw a few people nearby:  a mountain biker and two hikers climbing the road to the crest of Tortugas.
Prickly Pear pads in the morning sunlight

A happy hiker

Bishop Cap on the horizon

Another Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)
Fishhook Pincushion Cactus (Mammillaria grahamii)

Chihuahuan Desert vista

Female Pyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus) in a Creosote Bush
On the trail headed back

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

The pincushion cactus actually does look exactly like a pincushion with needles sticking out of it. But it would be pretty painful to touch.

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