|This and the next 2: morning moon, just less than full|
Although I didn't encounter anybody out there I did see a guy hiking up the major arroyo west of the mountain with what looked to be a pack of 6 or 7 dogs.
On my way back in I ran into my pal Jimmy who was just heading up the mountain. While we stood talking we saw several trucks driving up the mountain road, and one large SUV with at least four Pitbulls that snarled and barked at us while their owner drove past. It occurred to me that it might have been that guy and his dogs I saw in the outback, and I hoped I wouldn't see them again. Jimmy and I talked a good long while, discussing a wide range of topics before going our separate ways.
Although not crowded, the area on and about the mountain was populated by a good number of people, several of whom I encountered on my way to Whitey the CR-V.
|A pilgrim shaved these off a yucca stalk to make a walking stick|
|Very little fog in the Mesilla Valley this morning|
|Across the Chihuahuan Desert|
|Torrey Yuccas standing guard over the chasm|
|Barrel Cacti, Creosote Bush, Mormon Tea, Soaptree Yuccas & Torrey Yuccas|
|This ancient Torrey Yucca is over 20 feet tall|
|Chihuahuan Desert flora along an arroyo on the mountain's west side|
|This and the next: heading the other way down the arroyo|
|Probably a Coyote print|
|Confronted by a crazed yucca|
|This and the next: Soaptree Yuccas|
|Barrel Cactus and Prickly Pear|
|Another long view of the Organ Mountains|
|Distant view of Tortugas Mountain (left) and the Organ Mountains|
|Large Nipple Beehive Cactus at the base of a Creosote Bush|
|Loggerhead Shrike on an Ocotillo branch|