Category: Critters

Milbert’s Tortoiseshell Butterfly

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

I was walking along yesterday, high in the Sandias, when I came to a spot where I’d once seen a Milbert’s Tortoiseshell. I was just thinking that I’d love to see another when one landed on the wildflowers right in front of me! I think it’s a beautiful butterfly.

Skipper on Spike Verbena

Skipper on Spike Verbena

A skipper butterfly on spike verbena high in the Sandia mountains.

Ladder-Backed Woodpecker

Ladder-Backed Woodpecker on Cholla

I heard something tap-tap-tapping on a cholla early one morning. I waited until I could see what was making the sound, and was rewarded for my patience when this cute little guy flew out and onto another cholla. You can probably guess how he got his name.

Western Tanager in Spring

Western Tanager

A male western tanager sports classic New Mexican colors.

My Deer Friend, 2021 Edition

My Deer Friend, 2021 Edition

I love it when deer stop and look straight at me and my camera. I’m pretty sure this happens more often in the spring than any other time. I am always honored by their trust in me and often thank them out loud for allowing me to take their photo.

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