|This and the next 2: Verdin on an Ocotillo|
Although we had seen the man and woman with their five Basset Hounds walking alongside Tellbrook Road in the direction of the mountains as we drove to the trailhead we never saw them out in the desert. Our only encounter with a sentient being was with a Black-tailed Jackrabbit who acted as if he was tempting the dogs to chase him. I successfully kept them at bay two separate times, though they were more than ready to oblige the feisty American Desert Hare.
There was a car parked at the Tellbrook/Sonoma Ranch corner lot when we got back into the upper flatland, but we saw no human belonging to it.
|Bedroll of clouds over the Organ Mountains|
|Distant Mesquites in full leaf|
|This and the next 2: Willow and Frio|
|Ocotillos on a ridge and the Organ Mountains|
|Ocotillo and the mountains|
|Mesquite in First Arroyo|
|This & the next: line of green foliage marks Tellbrook Arroyo|
|Prickly Pear in very sandy soil|
|This and the next: desert ridge and the Organ Mountains|
|This and the next: Turkey Vulture wheeling on a thermal|
|This and the next: Prickly Pear blooming|
|Ocotillo alongside LDR|
I love how green the leaves of that Mesquite tree are, even during this drought.
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