This is a Boisduval’s Blue butterfly, I think. (I’m not an expert with butterfly IDs.) I saw it a bit west of Chama about a week-and-a-half ago.
An old gas station — and equally old station wagon — are framed by a classic New Mexican sky and classic New Mexican weeds. It’s been an incredibly dry year so far.
The Cumbres & Toltec narrow-gauge railway train puffs its way up the hills outside Chama.
I have noticed, in past years, that century plants are most likely to bloom during hot, dry springs — and what I’ve seen this year has done nothing to disprove my theory. This one, at my local supermarket, appears to almost reach the moon.
After an incredibly warm and dry winter and spring, we finally got quite a bit of rain in the Albuquerque area yesterday. (It was cool too!) Looking southwest from the Sandia foothills right before the heavens opened up. (No, I did not stay dry.)