Category: Flowers: Wild and Otherwise

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.


Spring in Albuquerque: Classic

Cottonwood Leaves and Flowers

The cottonwood trees are starting to flower and, true to form, they’re still hanging onto a few of last year’s leaves.


Plum Tree Blossoms

Plum Tree Blossoms

At long last, the tiniest hint of spring. Not that this was a particularly cold winter — but it was, as always, a very brown winter.


Rosemary Flowers with Snow

Rosemary Flowers with Snow

We finally, finally got some snow in Albuquerque today! It’s been scary warm and dry all winter. What a nice change.


Sandia Wildflower Meadow

Field of Wildflowers on the East Side of the Sandias

A meadow on the east side of the Sandias, filled with late summer wildflowers.


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