|Picacho Peak (barn is at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum)|
We saw a few hikers and runners out there, but for most of our jaunt we felt as if we had the whole place to ourselves; I'm speaking for Becca, of course, though I don't know for certain she actually felt that way.
She had a real treat this morning, however, when--on the final leg of our trek--we ran into Jimmy and his brother-in-law Scott. She was delighted to see Jimmy, and even warmed up quickly to Scott, which is fairly unusual for Becca, who's generally very particular about associating with strangers. We three humans chatted briefly before going separate ways. It was a pleasantly warm outing here in the northern Chihuahuan Desert where we're headed for a high of 86F today.
|A young Mesquite Tree|
|This and the next: juvenile Sage Thrasher|
|This and the next: Mourning Dove|
|Taking a break|
|This and the next 4: Soaptree Yuccas putting up flower stalks|
|Best shot I could get of this Ash-throated Flycatcher was, pathetically, the last|
|Long-distance shot of yuccas|
|Ocotillo buds getting close to blooming|
|Air traffic from El Paso|
|Gnocchi-like yucca blossoms|