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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Midweek Meander

Today's images are courtesy of a failing sensor in a Canon PowerShot and photos from a Samsung Galaxy S10+.

We more or less did our usual hike today, adding extra mileage after Dr. K, Willow and Frio agreed to the addition.

A good time was had by all.

Small barrel and yuccas

Cloud bank


Lone Soaptree and the mountains

Bit of Tortugas and the Organs

Crazy sky

Soaptree and the Organs

Picacho and environs

Picacho and yucca

Frio and Wils

Wils and Frio

Yucca cousins


Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Tuesday's Trek

Yucca and Organs
Shooting photos with the almost-defunct Canon PowerShot SX60 HS today, and the sensor is definitely shot.  I had to manipulate the photo-editing afterwards in order to get images that are somewhat presentable.

Dr. K, Willow, Frio and I did our usual hike this morning refraining from adding extra mileage because I had to go grocery shopping at Albertsons afterward, which I did.

We saw nobody during out outing today, though we did spot the Basset people and their hounds in the desert heading home while we were driving to the trailhead.

Baby teeth

Organ Mountains

Soaptree and the mountains

This & next:  "O"s at rest

Middle branch

Long view of Tortugas and the Organs


Monday, January 29, 2024

Monday Moonwalk

Soaptree Yuccas and the Organs
The morning was windier and colder than we had anticipated, but we all were dressed appropriately.  Frio and Willow never seem bothered by low temps.

We followed our usual route, opting not to add any additional mileage.  I took quite a few photos along the way, but not nearly as many as I normally do; that's because I'm shooting with the Sony Alpha 100, and I'm not thrilled about image quality.  I ditched the telephoto lens in favor of the smaller one to alleviate weight.  With the telephoto attached it feels like toting a bowling ball around during the trek.

We saw the Basset people and their hounds when we were ascending the right branch arroyo, and I had to temporarily restrain Willow and Frio to keep them from bounding after the Bassets.

Soaptrees, Tortugas and the Organs

Large Soaptree and the Organs

Soaptrees west of the Organs

Looking to the southwest

Distant view of Tortugas and the Organs

Mesquite and Soaptree

Ancient Soaptree

This & next:  Frio and Willow

Distant view of Tortugas and the Organs


Sunday, January 28, 2024

Alpha Beta Day

Soaptree Yucca
Because the sensor in my Canon PowerShot SX 60 HS is on its last pixel I took my old Sony Alpha 100 DSLR camera on our trek today.  Because of its weight with the telephoto lens and the loud noises it makes focusing and shutter-clicking she called it a "jalopy."  I've never been completely happy with the images it produces.

After hiking our normal route on a fairly pleasant morning we drove over to our local Circle K to gas up the CR-V.  We cut through campus on our way home.

Soaptree Yuccas and the Organs

This & next 2:  the "O"s

Tortugas and the Organs

Looking westward

Organ Mountains

This & next:  yuccas and the mountains

Desert flora

This & next 2:  triple barrel cactus


San Agustin Peak at center

Yucca, Prickly Pears and Ocotillo


Grand View--Not

Early morning moon A man and woman were just starting down the Bridal Veil Falls Trail when we rolled into the Grand View Trail parking lot....