Category: Mother Nature

Cottonwood Leaves and Tiny Tram

Fall Cottonwood Leaves and Distant Tram

Probably the last of the fall color for this year (sob!). I took this photo on the aptly named Cottonwood Springs Trail at Elena Gallegos Picnic Area. The light was hitting that teeny tiny tram car just right.

Last Sunflower Bud

Sunflower Bud

I think I may have mentioned before that there’s virtually no form of sunflowers that I don’t totally love. This little bud was one of the very last this year, I’m sure. I saw it on Halloween in the Rio Grande Bosque (northwest Albuquerque).

Rio Grande Bosque and Sandias

Rio Grande Bosque and Sandias

A lovely fall day along the Rio Grande as it runs through Albuquerque, surrounded by changing cottonwoods and with the Sandia mountains in the background.

Perea Nature Trail

Fall Colors Along the Perea Nature Trail in San Ysidro

I took a little stroll along the Perea Nature Trail (outside San Ysidro) late yesterday afternoon and thought the colors were especially pretty, with lots of yellow cottonwoods, orange salt cedar, and other vegetation. I know it’s not politically correct to like salt cedar — it’s a non-native, invasive species — but it sure is pretty in the fall.

Summer Meets Fall

Woolly Mullein, Fourth of July Canyon

Woolly mullein still blooming in Fourth of July Canyon (Manzano Mountains). Rocky Mountain maple leaves give the background its red/orange hue.

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