|Tortugas Mountain (left) and the Organ Mountains|
Saw a lot of beautiful sights, most notably the hawk whose photo appears (too many times) below. I think it's a Swainson's Hawk, but I'm not certain. The upshot of the whole photo-op was that while I stood snapping images of the more distant hawk another was perched in a Torrey Yucca not twenty yards distant; but I didn't see the other raptor until I started putting my camera away and it took off.
The morning trek was a hot one, though things began to cool off a bit as some high clouds rolled in. That didn't last long, however, and now--in the early afternoon--the sun is blazing and the wind is gusting.
|The long view|
|This and the next: has features of Blackfoot Daisy, but I think it isn't|
|This and the next: Desert Zinnia|
|Relaxing in a wash|
|Chihuahuan Desert scene|
|This and the next: Prickly Pear|
|Spectaclepod and Creosote Bush|
|This and the next: Ocotillo buds|
|Another long view|
|All of the rest are of the same raptor: I'm thinking "Swainson's Hawk"|