|This and the next 2: exploring a wide arroyo|
If there was anybody else west of Tortugas Mountain while we were there we didn't see them, bumping into no one coming or going. There weren't even any other vehicles in the small lot next to the road's western barriers when we got back to Whitey the CR-V.
Not that we're antisocial, but both Dr. K and I prefer not to encounter others--neither human nor canine--but we suspect the Heelers would like to see a dog or two, not to mention the chance of running into some denizens of the desert.
|An even wider section of arroyo|
|Chihuahuan Desert flora|
|Can you tell from the profile silhouette which bird it is?|
|It's a Pyrrhuloxia--aka "Desert Cardinal"|
|Dr. K and the Heelers|
|Something you don't see often: a toppled Ocotillo|
|Not an octopus, but a toppled Ocotillo|
|This and the next: Barrel Cacti|
|Same large Torrey Yucca west of Tortugas Mountain|
|This and the next: same scene, different magnification|
|Old yucca trunk, new yucca crowns|