A heron sunning itself in a shallow area of the Rio Grande as it passes through Albuquerque.
It’s one of the loveliest late summers ever. After an incredibly dry winter, spring, and early summer, we’ve had tons of rain over the last 6 or 7 weeks — which was sorely needed. We’ve had a break from the heat too, and the Sandia foothills are now filled with blooming wildflowers; globemallow (orange) and verbena (pink/purple) in this photo. The beetle, which complements the globemallow perfectly, might be called a milkweed beetle. I won’t swear to that, and you probably shouldn’t either.
A Tailed Copper butterfly drinks nectar from a Mexican Hat wildflower high in the Sandia mountains.
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.
A tiger swallowtail pauses to drink nectar from some golden pea plants in the high Sandia mountains.