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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

We're Back

West of Tortugas
Today was grocery shopping day so Becca and I got an early start on our morning hike west of Tortugas Mountain.  I shortened the trek, but not significantly.  It was rather chilly, although quite muggy when we were hiking, and I had to remove my Marmot PreCip jacket about midway through our outing.

We saw, and greeted, several other hikers and a mountain biker during our trek, but it was by no means crowded west of the mountain.  And when we got back to the Sunset Area there were only a few vehicles in the parking lot.
Another yucca moon

Soaptree Yucca with new flower stalk

Becca of Arabia

This Soaptree Yucca is putting up two flower stalks

Closer look

White butterfly on Mormon Tea

Desert Marigold

White-winged Dove

Should we go down there?

Ocotillo flowers

Closer look at those flowers

Leafed-out Ocotillo

One of the few Ocotillos with leaves we've seen

Closeup of an Ocotillo flower

Slightly different perspective puts Becca in the frame

Ocotillo and Soaptree Yucca

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

That first photo--West of Tortugas--shows that the desert floor is starting to green out because of the recent rain and the change of seasons. I'm glad you were able to get a hike in before having to do your dreaded weekly shopping expedition.

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