Category: Mother Nature

Brooding Storm Clouds

Brooding Storm Clouds

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.)


Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

A tiger swallowtail pauses to drink nectar from some golden pea plants in the high Sandia mountains.


Cholla Blossoms

Cholla Blossoms

This must be one of the best years ever for cholla blossoms.


Lone Aspen in Calaveras Canyon

Lone Aspen in Calaveras Canyon

A lone aspen, nestled within classic Jemez volcanic tuff, shows off its full spring foliage.


Prickly Pear Blossom with Butterfly

Prickly Pear Blossom with Butterfly

I saw some prickly pear blossoms with red-orange centers last year and have been eagerly keeping an eye on their location, hoping to see more this year. Alas, there’ve been only a handful of buds, and no flowers yet. So you can imagine how completely thrilled I was last week when I saw this single blossom in a totally different place. I sat down to take some photos (it was pretty close to the ground) and in the 10 minutes I spent there, all sorts of pollinators came to visit. One was this skipper butterfly (a duskywing, maybe?). For whatever reason, I was completely charmed by the spiral its proboscis created.


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