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Snow and Cactus

Snow in the desert is unexpected and makes for surprising sights. Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, USA.

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Color and Texture

Sandstone red, juniper and ephedra greens, and the bluest of skies. Near Page, Arizona, USA.

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Cactus Remnant

Just the left over skin of the prickly pear fruit.

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Seed Pod 2

I love this time of year with so many different seed pods.  I should know what this plant is, but I don’t.  Ferocious spikes.

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Creosote

Creosote isn’t known for its flowers.  They are small, like the leaves.  Creosote is better known for petrichor – the smell of the desert after a rain.

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Desert Still Life

Very still.

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Echo Amphitheatre

From a recent road trip. Echo Amphitheatre, New Mexico, USA.

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Hairy Cactus

This little one lit up like a beacon when the sun’s rays hit it.  And its message is not to get too close to it. Near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, USA.

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Black Blasting Powder

We found another deposit of old rusty cans in the desert – 25 pounds and dangerous.  Or they were at one time.  Now they are beautifully rusted.

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Twisted Sotol

Don’t ask.  I have no idea how this sotol stem got twisted.  It’s in the hills and not near another plant.  Just quirky. Near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, USA.

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August Break Photo Challenge – Day 1

I’m joining Susannah Conway’s August Break photo challenge.  The only rule is to take a photo every day.  My goal for the month is to make daily still life arrangements – mostly of two kinds: stuff I find in the desert and family … Continue reading

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Feral Sofas

Having escaped the confines of suburban living rooms, these feral sofas survive in the desert while experts predicted they could not live without carpet.   Here’s a northern relative on Flickr.

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Trinity Site – Keep Out

This fence keeps visitors at the Trinity Site (where the atom bomb was exploded in 1945 in New Mexico) from wandering out onto White Sands Missile Range.  I like the photo – it’s what I wanted it to be.  I … Continue reading

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Cold Roadrunner

It’s about 20º this morning and the roadrunner wants to warm up a bit.  It fluffs out its feathers and spreads its wings a little to expose the dark feathers underneath.  Turning its back to the sun, it warms itself. … Continue reading

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Moki Balls & Mother Rock

What treasures we find in the desert – fossils, little bones, seed pods, and now Moki balls. These round, slightly heavy balls are scattered over large areas amidst the creosote and juniper.  They can be pea-sized to ping-pong ball sized, … Continue reading

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Desert Bed

We drove on a dirt road about a mile off the highway, then we hiked another half mile in and this is what we found: It’s fairly new aluminum cot ready for sleeping gear.  There are no other signs of … Continue reading

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