|1st 2: long views of Tortugas Mountain's western flank|
After our break near another large yucca in Right Branch Arroyo we proceeded southward toward the source. Just before we came to the ribbon-like trail that leads out we encountered a fairly large Western Diamondback. I spotted it from a safe distance, but the Heelers never noticed the rattler. After I took a few photos we gave the snake a wide berth as we went forward.
Both Willow and Frio are due for their rattlesnake vaccinations tomorrow, but we weren't able to get them an appointment until next week. Now I'll be extra worried each time we hike in the desert.
|Yuccas on a ridge west of the Organ Mountains|
|Find the Cactus Wren|
|This & next 3: Swainson's Hawk|
|This & next: Frio and Willow|
|Prickly Pear with buds|
|Frio in Torrey Yucca shade|
|This & next 4: Western Diamondback Rattlesnake|
|Last 2: Prickly Pear Cactus with flowering bud|