|First 4: lousy shots of a Great Horned Owl at dusk|
Although there were a lot of vehicles in the Sunset Area parking lot when we arrived we saw nobody during the outbound leg of our hike. On the way back in, while we were trekking east on Geothermal Road, we were passed by an Asian guy riding a mountain bike with super fat tires.
When we started north on the last section of the trail that ends where we park Whitey the CR-V we encountered our pal Jimmy for the second day in a row. Becca was no less happy to see him. He and I talked for a far briefer period of time than we did yesterday, and then we continued on our separate ways.
|Part of Las Cruces with Picacho Peak in the distance|
|Becca the Bushwhacker|
|Soaptree Yucca fruit|
|Western flank of Tortugas Mountain|
|This and the next 2: a Scaled Quail (Callipepla squamata)|
|Tortugas (left) and the Organ Mountains|
|Two magnifications of the same scene|
|The desert between here and there|
|Wouldn't stop flapping its wings|
|This and the next: Wooly Paperflower|
|One ripe, slightly anemic pear|
|Lots of small Prickly Pear pears|
|Standing out in a crowd|
|What's with me and Prickly Pears today?|
|Ocotillo west of the mountain|
|Indian Rushpea, which is related to James Rushpea|
Vivid photos, Packrat. I especially like the ones of the very plump scaled quail.
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