|Does this look like a desert?|
Next up: Tracey and her dog George and their friend Marie (I think); We talked Strawberry Hedgehog and other blooming cacti in our region of the desert. First thing I did after we all went our separate ways was to photograph a Strawberry Hedgehog. I keep telling myself to desist from taking images of them, but I can't.
From there Becca and I climbed the upper foothills trail to where it crested at the base of the huge limestone formation just below the mountain road. I made her wait while I bushwhacked up the rocky slope to photograph--what else?--more Strawberry Hedgehogs. They were blooming profusely up there, and I just couldn't help myself. I got the added benefit of encountering a Desert Cottontail, though, and I took a few photos of it.
As we headed down the mountain road we saw our good buddy Jimmy approaching; even though I tried to keep Becca back she trotted a good half-city block to get to him. Her reward, as always, was a good petting, and she was so grateful. Jimmy and I talked about several different subjects including the new movie The River and The Wall, which he viewed on Amazon Prime last night. He highly recommended it, and I can't wait to watch, already having seen a preview video in the past.
|Which came first, the Strawberry Hedgehog or the small Mesquite tree?|
|This and the next: Ash-throated Flycatcher|
|This and the next 2: late-blooming Claret Cup Hedgehog|
|Becca on the mountain's western flank|
|An idea of how many Strawberry Hedgehog on the mountain's west side|
|Looks like one, but it's two Strawberry Hedgehogs side-by-side|
|Look who I found in the rocky outcrop|
|Not too worried about me|
|One last look before . . .|
|. . . skedaddling|
|Closer look at these two Strawberry Hedgehog plants|
|Couldn't choose between this one or . . .|
|. . . this one|
|Prickly Pear blossom|
|Closer look at it|
|This and the next 2: Strawberry Hedgehog flowers|
|What's that little bump on the Ocotillo branch?|
|It's a Black-throated Hummingbird|
|This & the next: Ash-throated Flycatcher (maybe I'll comb my hair like that)|
|This and the rest: Prickly Pear blossoms|