As I started up part of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) a few weeks ago, the thought crossed my mind, “I wonder if I’ll see a collared lizard today.” I have no idea why I thought that but bam! An hour or so later, I saw one. Then, perhaps 30-40 minutes after that, I saw a second collared lizard — this one — who actually posed for me. Both were extra-colorful males.
While ocotillos aren’t native to central New Mexico, they bloomed quite spectacularly here this year anyway.
A male western tanager, high in the Sandia mountains.
One of the prettiest banana yuccas I’ve ever seen.
The cottonwoods lining the Rio Chama are decked out in brand-new spring leaves.