Probably the most beautiful mariposa lily I have ever seen. Usually they are white or pale pink. I have never seen one this color outside of Valles Caldera (in the Jemez).
Part of the San Antonio Valle at Valles Caldera, and its eponymous creek.
I’m guessing I’ve walked past these rocks in the Jemez dozens of times but I never really noticed them until last week. I think it was because it was cloudy. I can’t say it’s generally all that sunny when I hike in the area (it’s often overcast), but since either rain or hail are usually coming out of the sky (not to mention lightning), I’ve never taken the time to explore before. It was so dark and moist there I wasn’t completely sure I was still in New Mexico!
It’s that sunflower time of year again. To my eye, everything about sunflowers exudes happiness — even this sleepy sunflower struggling to open fully.
A painted lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui) browsing on wild spike verbena in the high Sandia mountains.