|Bud-laden Prickly Pear|
I was concerned about our desert trek, though, but decided to chance it anyway; and although we didn't experience any of the wet stuff we were battered by strong winds, the leading edge of a backdoor cold front visiting our area. We're only going to reach a high temperature of 65F today.
Surprisingly, there were quite a few other outdoor enthusiasts on and about the mountain, but we didn't run into any; I did exchange a greeting wave with one guy who, presumably, altered his path because he saw Becca approaching as she led me back to the main trail west of Tortugas Mountain. I always feel somewhat guilty thinking that somebody has changed course because of my desert-loving dog.
|Part of Las Cruces in sunlight|
|Take us to your leader|
|Strawberry Hedgehog around the base of a small Mesquite tree|
|Soaptree Yuccas west of the mountain|
|Skies to the east|
|Becca is unperturbed by the windy weather|
|Heading on up|
|Not sure how to describe this color|
|Flower of a Tree Cholla|
|Bunny Ears Cactus|
|Stingleaf flower just getting started|