A phainopepla guards it's cache of mistletoe berries from high atop its perch over the wash.
Soft shadows fall across the desert grasses, now brown from autumn's dryness.
This is new territory for me. I have never hiked up this road before. I walk ahead searching for birds. Gus follows with the camera shooting whatever seems to catch his fancy. For the moment, apparently it is me!
A cholla skeleton is a familiar sight in the desert. Its lacy bones are often brought home to decorate a house.
The setting sun turns to fire in the sky,