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Sunday, June 30, 2024

Hazy, Hot, Humid Hectares

1st 2:  Verdin in Desert Willow
We got quite a bit of rain yesterday early evening, and it was really humid this morning when Dr. K, Willow and I took our daily trek.  We saw no other nutburgers while we were out there today.

After the hike we drove over to our local Circle K to fuel up Whitey the CR-V.


Hazy view of Tortugas and the Organs

Willow in partial shade

This & next 2:  juvenile Swainson's or Red-tailed Hawk



Waiting for yesterday's rain to take effect

 

Saturday, June 29, 2024

Thank You, Breeze

Mama Mourning Dove (above red dot at right) and shadow
It felt awful this morning when Dr. K, Willow and I were doing our daily hike:  hot, sunny and humid.  If not for a steady breeze we all would have broiled.

Unsurprisingly we saw no other nature enthusiasts while we were trekking today.

She's back in the nest where she had a successful brood of 2

Soaptree Yucca in the left branch arroyo

Willow and Dr. K in the left branch

Bugged by a bug

Not quite in the shade

Same Soaptree in the left branch

 

Friday, June 28, 2024

Friday's Feathered Friend

Sky over the Organs
Overcast for our hike this morning, but muy humido.  The sun never broke through during our outing, which consisted of the regular route and no additional yardage.

We saw nobody else while we were out there.

This & next:  Tortugas and the Organs


This & next:  Allthorn in bloom


Headed toward the Organs

This & next 2:  Swainson's Hawk on lone Soaptree



Willow in the left branch arroyo

This drought-stricken yucca should be green

Prickly Pear left of the middle branch

 

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Better Weather

Hill west of LDR-A
It was much less humid this morning even though it rained a bit overnight.  Also, there were plenty of clouds to block the sun for most of our outing.

We did our usual hike without adding any extra distance, the reason being that we had various tasks to do upon returning home, including giving Willow a much-needed bath.  She is so well behaved while being bathed that we don't mind doing it at all.

Saw nobody else during our trek, though it was obvious that the Basset Hounds and their people had been down LDR-A sometime ahead of us.  Willow always lets us know that they were there.

LDR-A

Westerly

Tortugas and the Organs

Headed down LDR-A arroyo

Flank of Tortugas and the Organs

Soaptree Yucca seed pods

Willow before today's bath

American Desert Gothic .5

White-winged Dove on yucca stalk

Down the middle branch arroyo

Hill west of the right branch arroyo

 

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

After an Early Shower

Poor shot of a distant Scott's Oriole
We had a short, but heavy shower this morning before we left on our hike.  The humidity was incredibly high while we were out there (still is), and the sun broke through on occasion in order to broil we three lunatic trekkers.

Did our usual route with no added distance; we may be crazy, but we're not stupid.  Saw no other fools braving the elements today.

Morning sky

Willow on early break

After-rain humidity haze

This & next: crossing from the left branch to the middle


Heading down the middle branch

This & next:  Willow on later break


Long view from the right branch

Prickly Pear Cactus between Hedgehog Cacti

Steep hill west of the right branch arroyo

Last 4:  adult male Pyrrhuloxia (Desert Cardinal)




 

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