Sunday, September 26, 2010
Today I am in the Owens Valley avoiding the extreme heat at home by enjoying the normal heat found here in what some people consider the desert. We went off highway to check out two access points to the rewatered Lower Owens River. Some locals were found enjoying the afternoon sunshine.
On a fence along Aberdeen Sta road near the bridge, this lizard looks smug, and so it should when you consider the lush insect producing environment found at the foot of its fencepost. A bee nearby visits flowers on a rabbitbrush, Chrysothamnus nauseosus I think. These shrubs are abundant, still green and in bloom throughout the valley in late September. Is this because of the water flowing in the river, peculiarities of the weather this year, or do I just not remember them being so lush in past years?
Flow on, Owens River.