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Saturday, April 18, 2020

Saturday Fun

This small Ocotillo must believe it's autumn
Dr. K, Willow, Frio and I did a long hike west of Tortugas Mountain this morning, departing from the dirt pullout just off of Tellbrook.  We did a lot of bushwhacking and a lot of trekking on dirt roads.  We saw a few other outdoor enthusiasts on the roads and even encountered two women hikers on the southernmost dirt road.

We're under a Red Flag Warning for high winds today, but, fortunately, we eluded their start, even wishing at times for a little breeze during our trek because things began to heat up significantly toward the end of our outing.
White Tackstem

Scarlet Hedgehog

Trailing Four O'Clock

This and the next:  Torrey Yucca

Ocotillos budding out

This and the next:  male Scott's Orioles in a yucca


The Torrey Yucca in which the Scott's Orioles were found

A lot of male serenading going on; courting ritual?

This and the next 2:  Frio on top, Willow lying down

This and the next:  Scarlet Hedgehog

This and the next 3:  Turkey Vulture checking us out

Heelers on break in an arroyo

Scarlet Hedgehog

Tortugas and the Organ Mountains

Texas Skeleton Plant?  (Lygodesmia texana)

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

Excellent photos of the plants and critters. I'm especially partial to the photos of our handsome Heelers.

High, High Humidity

Too hot to hike 72F at the start of our hike, which isn't too bad, but the humidity was sky high; it made for an unpleasant trek. Dr. K,...