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Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Early Morning Rain

Virga or rain?
It rained a little before we left this morning, which pushed the humidity up.  We benefited from the cloud cover for most of the trek, though; and then the sun came out.  Fortunately a light breeze helped keep us cool.

Dr. K, Willow, Frio and I did our usual hike, spotting the Swainson's Hawk along our way; it was on its yucca perch during the entirety of our outing.  I tried to get some long-distance images of the raptor, but it's difficult from so far away.

We took plenty of breaks along the trail today even though the sun wasn't blazing down most of the time.  Nevertheless, it always feels good to get back to the comfort of our CR-V for the ride home.

Heavy cloud cover

This & next:  northwest down LDR-A


Ocotillos on a hill

Tortugas and the Organs

White-winged Dove on an Ocotillo branch

Virga to the west

Tortugas and the Organs

Organ Mountains

Ocotillo and Organs

Barrel Cactus and the long view

Same barrel as above

Different Barrel Cactus

This & next:  our pal the Swainson's Hawk


This & next 2:  same Barrel Cactus



Willow and Frio

This & next:  Prickly Pear pears


Virga

Cloudy sky over Tortugas and the Organs

Swainson's Hawk

Last 2:  long view of the Organs


 

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

I really like the photos of the virga. My favorite one is the first photo that you posted.

Aviators

Willow and Frio 1st and last caption for paragliders Neither Dr. K nor I seemed much in the mood for a morning hike so we shortened the trek...