I love both lichens and ferns, really love them, and was thrilled to see them side-by-side in the Sandia foothills earlier this month. Both always seem to grow on the north side of rocks in the foothills, in the shade, and that makes it fairly difficult to get a good photo of them together. On this particular day, however, I was using a rented lens — much better than the equipment I usually use — and managed to get a few decent shots.
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.
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.
It’s been a great late summer for moonflowers (aka jimsonweed, aka sacred datura — which is how I most often think of it).
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.