Doppler Dave Spielman, meteorologist at KVIA (ABC) in El Paso, said we'd have smoke from the fire in the Black Range today, and did we ever; the air quality was very poor when Willow, Frio and I set off on our morning exploration. For a while I was coughing from a pinching feeling in my throat.
We did our normal trek this morning, and, because of the bad air, I couldn't wait to finish it.
After the hike we drove down to our local post office to mail a few bills. The air didn't look much better during our drive; and, now, in the late morning, the sun is shining through smoky haze in the most anemic fashion.
|Smoke from the Black Range Fire in the Gila Wilderness|
|Pimento Olive plant|
|Standing in yucca shade|
|New and the old|
|Across the desert floor|
|Frio and Willow|
|Smoke from the Aldo Leopold Wilderness fire|
|The rest: Desert Willow in our yard|
Beautiful photos of the Desert Willow flowers. But my favorite image is the close-up of the Ocotillo flower.
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