|All red flowers are Claret Cups (Scarlet Hedgehog)|
Major bushwhacking excursion this morning, part planned and part unplanned; the unplanned bit was the result of spotting a spectacular Claret Cup Hedgehog Cactus specimen in a difficult area off a long disused dirt road where Becca and I hiked fairly frequently. Frio and Willow didn't seem to mind.
One funny incident from today's outing. Just as soon as we hit the old dirt road I let the Heelers off lead so I could get us all a drink of water. I planned to let them hike off lead for a while from there, but as soon as we started off I noticed a dead rabbit not five paces ahead. I immediately put the dogs back on their leads. Willow was uninterested in the rabbit, but Frio took a long look at it.
Ten or fifteen yards further along the road I let the Heelers off lead again, and Mr. Frio turned around and made a beeline for dead Br'er Rabbit. I yelled at him despite his deafness, and went running to catch him, Willow jogging at my side. Before I could reach him Frio had the carcass in his mouth and was staring back at us. I gave the "drop" signal with my hand, and he dropped it immediately. The only way I could scold him was to wag a finger in his face, and, not surprisingly, he knew he'd done wrong. When, upon returning home, I told Dr. K about the incident we both had a good laugh over it.
|View from a hill alongside the long dirt road|
|Tortugas (left) and the Organ Mountains|
|A desert wash|
|Heelers in a wash|
|Old, disused dirt road|
|This and the next: crazy clouds|
|A spectacular find|
|Flank of Tortugas and the Organs|
|This and the next: blossoming buddies|
|Looking across the Mesilla Valley|
|Green Mesquite Tree|
|The majestic Organ Mountains|
So nice that you discovered that spectacular Claret Cup cactus, and your photos do justice to its beauty.
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