|Just getting started on the far side of Tortugas|
It was very cold (36F) when I set off, and it didn't warm up very much because of thin clouds blocking the sun; for most of the time only milky sunlight filtered through. Then I spent over fifteen minutes photographing a very cooperative Ladder-backed Woodpecker who, despite flying between various plants, stayed very close by. I had to take advantage of the situation, one for which my fingers paid the price in coldness.
Didn't see anybody in the outback where I hiked, and I only encountered two men just starting their hike when I was finishing mine.
|Belt of clouds across the Organ Mountain midsection|
|Small pool of water|
|Devil's Head Cactus|
|This and the next 8: same Ladder-backed Woodpecker|
|Can't ever remember seeing Ocotillo flowers in mid-Decemer|
|This and the next: pilgrims climbing to the top of Tortugas Mountain|
|This and the next: same Soaptree Yucca from opposite sides|
|Double Barrel Cactus|
|Desert flora and the Organ Mountains|
|1927 boundary marker|
|Location of boundary marker|
|Soaptree Yucca in a wide arroyo|
|Soaptree Yucca (front) and Torrey Yucca|
|Purple Prickly Pear Cactus|
|This and the next: clouds and the Organ Mountains|
|Yucca forest and the distant Franklin Mountains (El Paso)|
Incredible photos of the Ladder-Backed Woodpecker, Packrat.
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