Sept. 30, 2008
I just had to get out and photograph the wildflowers and scenery as we drove up the highway from the airport in El Paso, TX to Alamogordo, NM. I had not yet unpacked my hiking boots and I quickly realized that was a BIG mistake if you are traipsing around in the desert! I suddenly felt a stabbing pain on my ankles; I looked down and saw my socks, shoelaces and jeans were covered in these awful, needle-sharp seeds! What an unfriendly welcome to New Mexico! It certainly made me have a better respect for the plants in the desert. And to think I had been concerned about snakes and scorpions, I hadn't thought much about the wicked seeds I might encounter! Ha!