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Thursday, June 18, 2020

A Helpful Breeze

Smoke from a fire or fires
It was pretty hot this morning when Dr. K, Willow, Frio and I left the CR-V at the dirt pullout near Tellbrook and started our daily trek.  Fortunately there was a slight breeze to help moderate the heat somewhat.  Unfortunately, the same conditions that allowed for the breeze also brought in smoke from a fire, presumably those burning in southern Arizona.  We could smell the smoke fairly distinctly.

Just as we began hiking we saw a blue ATV quickly making its way up the long dirt road, but we never saw the vehicle again after that.  We didn't see anybody else during our outing even though we trekked all the way up to the first arroyo.  Found a couple of interesting items in the arroyo:  an old running shoe with the words "NO DE JA MARCA" on the sole, and a plastic frame with two threaded extensions on it; no idea what it was from.

After a long drink of water for all and a pit stop for photography purposes we headed back to our waiting vehicle.
Male Gambel's Quail

In Arroyo One

No idea what this is

This and the next:  climbing out of the arroyo to see how smoky it is


Ocotillos in B&W

This and the next:  lots of smoke in the desert


Smoke haze

Writing on shoe bottom reads "No Deja Marca":  "Leaves No Mark"

This and the rest:  Agave blooming in a nearby neighborhood





1 comment:

Dr. K said...

Beautiful photos of the agave and the quail.

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