Check out the bark on this juniper. It's an Alligator Juniper, Juniperus deppeana. Benny J. Simpson says the most attractive specimens of Alligator Juniper occur in the Davis Mountains.
It's a bit difficult to see in the photo below but can you see the two white rectangular things in the far distance? The things that kind of look like rectangular flying saucers on the desert floor? Well those are gigantic hydroponic greenhouses...in the desert!! I always get flipped out by them. Where the heck do they get the water to run those things? You can drive right by them on the road to Marfa and see what I think are tomato plants hanging in them. A more botanical aspect of this photo shows some type of yucca on the right and the lovely grasses that are everywhere.
Grama (Bouteloua spp.) and muhly grasses are common as is bluestem (Bothriochloa spp.). Here are some more grasses that I believe are a Muhlenbergia species.
I have rarely seen the Ocotillo in it's green stage or even in bloom. It gets lovely bright red tubular blooms in spring and/or summer. With rainfall it gets tiny little green leaves. Other times of the year they look dead but still beautifully sculptural.
The Agave pictured is right next to the lodges, to give you some perspective on how big it is. Two years ago when we were here I took way too many photos of Agaves. (I couldn't help myself since it snowed and they looked even prettier then.) But this time I took just this one pic!
Nothing like hiking on top of the world on Christmas Day!