What late summer and early fall look like in my corner of the Sandias — ripe prickly pear fruits, just fallen, and desert marigolds gone to seed.
A two-tailed swallowtail drinks from a claret cup cactus blossom high in the Sandias.
Walkingstick cholla in the Sandia foothills, silhouetted by last night’s colorful sunset.
It’s been a very excellent year for cactus blossoms of all kinds.
Claret cup cactus, nestled against a lichen-covered rock, in the foothills of the Sandias.