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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Three For the Near Side

Devil's Head and Hedgehog Cactus
Dr. K, Becca and I left early for a hike on the Sunset side of Tortugas Mountain this morning, and we were able to trek for a long while in the mountain's shadow.  We probably did two-thirds of the hike in the sun, though, but our early-bird scenario kept us from getting too hot.

Although the parking lot was noticeably crowded we only saw a few outdoor enthusiasts where we were, and only had an encounter with one mountain biker.  We did a little bushwhacking over to Becca's favorite shady spot in the sand and waited patiently while she had a good long lie-down.

We're headed for the high 90s today, but we were able to get in a nice hike before the blast-furnace temperature kicked in.
Becca leading the way

Ocotillo wands

Plate-size Prickly Pear Cactus pad

This and the next:  Ocotillos, what else?

Hedgehog Cactus

Across an ocean of Ocotillos

This and the next 2:  same Northern Mockingbird

Looks like Spectaclepod, but I'm dubious

Rough Menodora?

Prickly Pear

Soaptree Yucca

These distant yuccas have always reminded me of kachinas


Flank of Tortugas and the Organs

Fruit-laden Soaptree Yuccas and Ocotillos

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

One of the nicest times to be in the desert is soon after the sun rises.

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