Category: Flowers: Wild and Otherwise

Rio Chama and Sunflowers

Rio Chama and Sunflowers

Late summer sunflowers overlook the Rio Chama near Abiquiu.

O’Keeffe Country

Red Rocks and Chamisa

The chamisa (aka “rabbitbrush” in every other western state) is already blooming up in the Rio Chama Valley, close to Christ in the Desert Monastery.

Mother Nature’s Botanic Garden

Whipple’s penstemons, with a background of nodding groundsel and some red berries whose name I don’t know, beckoned to me (and my camera) a couple of weeks ago in the high Sandias. Most of the wildflowers were gone when I was up there today — it’s definitely starting to feel like fall there.

Pink/Purple Mariposa Lily

Pink/Purple Mariposa Lily

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).

Good Morning, Sunshine!

Partially-Open Sunflower

It’s that sunflower time of year again. To my eye, everything about sunflowers exudes happiness — even this sleepy sunflower struggling to open fully.

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