|First 2: Bullock's Oriole photographed through dirty window|
I altered our track today by bushwhacking from the LDR-A arroyo over to the giant Soaptree Yucca just east of our normal route; the resulting vista can be seen in the third image here. Willow and Frio didn't mind cutting across the grassland; in fact, Willow is quite expert at finding the way using animal trails.
Speaking of animals, we flushed out a pair of jackrabbits when we were starting up Right Branch Arroyo, and the Heelers were raring to pursue, nearly ripping my arms out of the shoulder sockets. For a second an image of myself being pulled prone across the desert floor flitted through my mind and I pictured my face looking like a pincushion of cactus needles when the dogs finally decided to stop.
|Bushwhacked over to this beauty this morning|
|This & next: odd white pad on a Prickly Pear|
|Willow and Frio in Left Branch Arroyo|
|Mourning Dove on Ocotillo branch|
|Pac-Man Prickly Pear pad|
|Frio and Willow near the head of Left Branch Arroyo|
|Notice the bird in an Ocotillo near the center of the image|
|This is that bird taken from the same spot|
|This & next: hills, Tortugas and the Organ Mountains|
|Frio and Willow in Right Branch Arroyo|