The day before we left the desert for our trip to Bend dawned warm and sunny. We took a walk to the west, towards the sand dunes. Previously we stayed closer to the mountains, thinking the flat desert was too boring. Wow, were we surprised, first of all by the flora, then the fauna! We crossed paths with not one, but two Desert Tortoise!
This first Tortoise was in a small wash, probably munching on some breakfast plants, evidenced by his green smudged mouth!
The second tortoise was out in the open, walking across a dry gravelly hill. Maybe he/she was looking for some breakfast, or maybe a mate?