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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Hump Day Hawk

Tortugas and the Organs
We got a fairly early start this morning so it wasn't hot at all:  62F.  The cloud cover helped the temperature stay down while we were out there doing our regular hike.  The sun did finally break out toward the middle portion of the trek, but not enough to heat things up.

We didn't see any human nature enthusiasts while we were hiking, but we had the pleasure of spotting a Black-tailed Jackrabbit, a Swainson's Hawk and a Black-throated Sparrow.  I'll take those subjects over humans any day of the week.

This & next:  Soaptrees and the mountains

Organ Mountains

Tortugas and the Organs again

Soaptree Yucca

This & next 2:  Prickly Pear flowers

Willow in hot sand

Freddie the Black-tailed Jackrabbit

Soaptree Yucca alongside LDR-A

Let's get going

This & next 4:  Swainson's Hawk on yucca

Ocotillo flowers

Dr. K and Wils

Ocotillo in flower

This & next 2:  Black-throated Sparrow

Sand potato

Ocotillo in the right branch arroyo


Tuesday, April 23, 2024

The Wilster and Me

Organ Mountains from Baylor Canyon Road
We had to wait for a plumber from Sun City Plumbing to change out the hose bib next to the garage; fortunately he finished at about 9:15.  Then Dr. K went grocery shopping, and I took Willow for a short hike.  It was rather hot out there.

She and I drove to the small post office to mail two bills and a payment to Carter Drilling for work done on our water tank in the Sacramentos.  That was our morning.  Afternoon dental cleaning was the appointment I had.

Ocotillo blossoms

The Wilster in yucca shadow

This & next 3:  Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus

Ocotillo flowers


Sunday, April 21, 2024

Views from the Grand View

We did the Grand View Trail this morning, surprised that nobody else was there on a Sunday morning.  We hiked the entire first leg on a cool, but pleasant day, enjoying the peace and quiet.

Both of those first impressions were permanently altered about midway down the loop trail when we heard the voices of hikers coming up in our direction.

Before long one of their big dogs appeared, heading toward us off lead.  Willow, who was on lead, went bonkers, far over the threshold of acceptable behavior.  Fortunately we were able to get her far enough off the trail so the two-dog hikers could pass.  The incident partially spoiled what would have been an excellent all-around trek, but didn't really ruin it for us.  It only made us more desperate to find a solution for Willow's hyper-reactive responses to other dogs.

At the curve of our road

Willow searching for dog neighbors

At the top of our drive

Fendler's Bladderpod

Trail marker and bench at the Grand View loop

Willow and Dr. K

Grand View Trail

View to the east

Another eastward look

Prickly Pear growing on rock panther head?

White Sands NP at the horizon

Willow in shadow at the midway ramada

Another view of White Sands NP

Davis Mountain Mock Vervain (Glandularia wrightii)

Hedgehog Cactus growing at cliff edge

Through the notch

A passel of Sotols

More Sotols

High country vista

View from the loop trail


Hump Day Hawk

Tortugas and the Organs We got a fairly early start this morning so it wasn't hot at all:  62F.  The cloud cover helped the temperature ...