|Yellow Bird of Paradise (Erythrostemon gilliesii)|
There were a few other outdoor enthusiasts on and about the mountain, and we ran into two of them on Geothermal Road; they were hiking with one of the guy's 5-year-old Bull Terrier who wanted to play with Becca. She obliged him for a few minutes while the men and I talked about overly energetic dogs.
After we parted company we spotted our good friend Jimmy waiting for us on the road to the mountaintop; he was headed up, we were headed back. We all went our separate ways after he and I chatted for a few minutes. It was a good hike in our section of the northern Chihuahuan Desert this Friday morning.
|Yellow Bird of Paradise originates from Argentina and Uruguay|
|This and the rest of this color are Strawberry Hedgehog Cacti|
|The cactus completely encircles the small Mesquite Tree|
|Black-tailed Jackrabbit (aka "American Desert Hare")|
|This and the next 2: Cactus Wren|
|A Cactus Wren butt is pointed at you in the center of this photo|
|These Soaptree Yuccas will look spectacular in a week or so|
|A look across the vast Chihuahuan Desert|
|Another break in a different location|
|Respite from the trek|
|Mormon Tea flowers|
|Why does this Cactus Wren look worried?|
|Same Cactus Wren|
|Prickly Pear blossom|
|This and the next: Becca contemplating the way forward|
|This and the next 3: Prickly Pear flowers|
|Soaptree Yucca flower stalks|
|Yellow (or Desert) Bird of Paradise|
|This and the rest: Opuntia Microdasys (aka "Bunny Ears Cactus")|
As always, spectacular photos of the critters and flowers of this desert region. I'm happy to see that the Birds of Paradise are beginning to bloom.
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