Category: Mother Nature

Strawberry Hedgehog and DYCs

Strawberry Hedgehog Flower

When I was first starting to learn about wildflowers, I learned about DYCs. DYC is an acronym for Damn Yellow Composite and refers to the gazillion yellow wildflower species that are composites. (A composite — in wildflower terms, anyway — is a flower whose center is full of tiny flowers itself. A sunflower is an example of a composite.) Learning about DYCs was both good and bad: I had a name for a lot of flowers (sorta) so I didn’t feel that I had to learn anything at all about them. So … to this day, they’re all DYCs as far as I’m concerned.

In any case, the photo really is of a strawberry hedgehog cactus blossom with a few DYCs in front of and around it. I don’t see hedgehogs growing wild too often so it’s pretty hard to resist getting a photo when I do.


Ruffled Feathers

roadrunner with ruffled feathers

Beep-beep!!! A family of roadrunners has moved into (taken over?) my neighborhood. They’re extremely cute little troublemakers.


Passover/Easter Pasqueflowers

Wild Pasqueflowers

It’s said that pasqueflowers derive their name from the Hebrew word “pesach” (for Passover) or perhaps from the Christian “paschal mystery” (for Easter). In any case, both are celebrated today and these little wild pasqueflowers showed up just yesterday on the east side of the Sandias. Perfect timing!

May you find much joy in whatever you’re celebrating today, even if it’s something as simple as having survived another day. 🙂


Curve Billed Thrasher

Curve Billed Thrasher

One of the earliest announcers of spring, and certainly one of the very best singers.


La Ventana: The Big View

El Malpais: La Ventana

La Ventana — “the window” in Spanish — is part of El Malpais National Monument, near Grants. Those sandstone bluffs are endlessly fascinating to me.


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