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Sunday, May 31, 2020

A Desert Wind

Heading down the long dirt road
It was very windy all night yesterday, and the strong wind kept up during our morning hike today.  At first it was pretty bad, kicking up loose dirt on the long road we trek almost daily now.  It let up after a while, though, and conditions became bearable.

We trekked up to the second arroyo and then headed east into it toward the Organs.  After a short hike we stopped to let Frio and Willow take a shade and water break.  Then while Dr. K stayed with the Heelers I wandered around a bit taking photos and videos.

We headed back after a short respite, hiking the long dirt road south to our waiting CR-V.
Looking back at the way we just came

Hey, Willow, why aren't dogs good dancers?

I don't know.  Why aren't dogs good dancers?

Because they have two left feet

Can you "sign" that joke for Frio?

Up an arroyo

Relaxing in the arroyo

Same arroyo

Soaptrees and the mountains

Siamese Fighting Cloud?

Cactus Wren

Last 3:  Organ Mountains

Friday, May 29, 2020

Alternate Route

This and the next:  headed down the long dirt road
Dr. K, Willow, Frio and I set off on our regular morning hike in this section of northern Chihuahuan Desert today, but we shortened the trek significantly due to hot weather and a few physical ailments plaguing us humans.

On the way back we took an alternate route, opting for the long dirt road-A to get up to the level of Tellbrook.  This road adds a bit of length to the hike because there's a small section of road paralleling Tellbrook that you have to hike to get back to our waiting CR-V.

The Heelers didn't seem too disappointed by the abbreviated trek because both were getting a tad hot in the early morning desert sun.

This and the next 2:  Soaptree Yucca fruit

This and the next:  Soaptree Yucca with new leaves (clump on left side)


This and the next 2:  fruit of a Soaptree Yucca

Flowers give way to fruit, fruit becomes seed pods

Flower and fruit

This and the next:  2 similar views of the Organ Mountains

This and the next 2:  Roadrunner in a Creosote Bush


This and the last:  sun through an Acacia Tree

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Hot and Hotter

Mama dove (left) and baby in one of our Mesquite Trees
It was already pretty hot when Dr. K, Frio, Willow and I began our hike this morning, and it got even hotter fast; it was already 81F when we headed back to our waiting CR-V.

We encountered several other outdoor enthusiasts during our trek today, the woman who runs with her white Standard Poodle and the archer who's target practicing with his new compound bow.

Right now it's 95F (3:15 p.m.), but probably won't get much higher than that due to cloud cover which suggests we might get a little rain later today.
This and the next 2:  female Desert Spiny Lizard on our brick pile

Hot for the Heelers this morning

Dog's eye view of an arroyo

Dr. K, Frio and Willow

This Soaptree Yucca is shedding flowers

Shed flowers

Crown Dancers

This and the next:  light and shadow experiments

Barren little tree


Southwestern Earless Lizard

KRQE 13 News (Albuquerque) chopper over our house

First Workweek Hike

Wilster Saving grace out there this morning was a constant breeze; it kept the temperature from feeling as bad as it actually was. We altere...