Mike, Sandra, Jan, Melissa, Joelyne, Kristin, and I hiked 10.8 miles in the Dixie Mine area. (I’m not sure of the spelling of some of the names, though I did check with Jan on the spelling of his name.)
A view of the McDowells from the Dixie Mine Trail:
We noticed that the grass has become quite dry.
I think this is mesquite:
We saw some nice ocotillo blossoms. This one was just off the trail and at a low enough height that I didn’t need to shoot upward.
These are the mine tailings:
Flat-Top / Mojave Buckwheat:
New Mexico Thistle:
As we made our way towards the mine from the road, we saw a nest high in one of the trees. Two birds, which we took to be hawks were flying around, alarmed at our presence. I only got this shot, though it’s definitely out of focus.
This is the petroglyph panel near the mine.
Sandra, Melissa, and Jan:
Another New Mexico Thistle:
Ascending the waterfall:
Looking down/back from the waterfall:
Continuing up the Prospector Trail…
I think this might be Miniature Woollystar:
Another prickly pear:
Heading down the Coachwhip Trail:
Ocotillo – I think we might have been back on Dixie Mine for this one: