Working south of Yuma.... in the August heat

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"Meet by the yellow gate, off the dirt road, off the highway, 30 miles south of town...." The first morning.
They've decided to build a fence... behind the fence that's already there, along the U.S. - Mexico border south of Yuma, Arizona. This section of border is unique in that it runs north-south, so you look across into Mexico to the west!

They gathered up our team of biologists, archeologists, and Indian tribal representatives, to make this initial assessment of the area. The route followed the Colorado River, a major river in the west... but it's dry here, near the mouth. We've managed to divert pretty much all of the water to the cities and farms upstream before it gets to Mexico, which is amazing because it's a major river carrying water from more than a thousand miles upstream.

This is some of the less pleasant desert in the west. As the river has gone away, it's left behind a wide, salty swath where nothing much grows but one miserable, invasive plant that came across from the middle east - Salt Cedar or Tamarisk. There were a few interesting spots though, where dunes stick up through the endless monoculture of Tamarisk. It's too hot in August to see much wildlife, but as you'll see, much of what lives there can be inventoried from the tracks from the night before.
acowboy says:
Lovely Yuma?? now i KNOW the sun got to you... = )
Posted on: Nov 11, 2008
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Meet by the yellow gate, off the …
"Meet by the yellow gate, off the…
Biologists and archeologists and I…
Biologists and archeologists and …
Its a lovely place...
It's a lovely place...
This is Tamarisk - scourge of the …
This is Tamarisk - scourge of the…
Whiptail lizard tracks in the sand
Whiptail lizard tracks in the sand
Roadrunner tracks
Roadrunner tracks
Little bird tirelessly hopping acr…
Little bird tirelessly hopping ac…
Snake uncoils and slithers away, m…
Snake uncoils and slithers away, …
112F heat is getting to the archeo…
112F heat is getting to the arche…
Another beautiful area
Another beautiful area
Cottonwood and arrow weed along th…
Cottonwood and arrow weed along t…
The ever present Border Patrol.  W…
The ever present Border Patrol. …
A burrowing owl burrow in an emban…
A burrowing owl burrow in an emba…
Can you see the burrowing owl?
Can you see the burrowing owl?
Poo
Poo
A big cicada being dragged by a bi…
A big cicada being dragged by a b…
The grounds so hot hes got his t…
The ground's so hot he's got his …
Long-tailed brush lizard, not in b…
Long-tailed brush lizard, not in …
Everyone finally wears out by the …
Everyone finally wears out by the…
Huge disturbing head...
Huge disturbing head...
At the market, ninja-fairy-warrior…
At the market, ninja-fairy-warrio…
Goofy frogs, screaming eagles, dra…
Goofy frogs, screaming eagles, dr…
A huge display of different kinds …
A huge display of different kinds…
I went with the Snow Cap brand, 25…
I went with the Snow Cap brand, 2…
Snacks for tomorrow - pork skin, p…
Snacks for tomorrow - pork skin, …
Meeting with representatives from …
Meeting with representatives from…
Cottonwoods under the impossibly d…
Cottonwoods under the impossibly …
Our first archeological find - tra…
Our first archeological find - tr…
Arizona license plate peaks out fr…
Arizona license plate peaks out f…
Nothing too exciting, mostly crack…
Nothing too exciting, mostly crac…
On the way back to the coast, we f…
On the way back to the coast, we …
It looks like people have somehow …
It looks like people have somehow…
Good old Pee Dee
Good old Pee Dee
With his favorite chew-toys...
With his favorite chew-toys...
A lot of the graves are just marke…
A lot of the graves are just mark…
There are probably over a hundred …
There are probably over a hundred…
Prince Luck, as he appeared in life
Prince Luck, as he appeared in life
Some of the older graves
Some of the older graves
The Algedones Dunes, on the way ba…
The Algedones Dunes, on the way b…
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