They aren’t the official tent rocks of the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, simply a few of the many generic tent rocks dotted all over the Jemez, with an accompaniment of yellow aspens.
The scrub oak turned really, really early this year, even before the aspens. Backlit scrub oak in the foreground; in the background, across the canyon, you can see a line of yellow aspens as well.
I saw this Arizona Sister (Adelpha eulalia) amongst some turning scrub oak in the Pecos last week. It was another Arizona Sister, way back in 2002, that got me interested in photographing butterflies. For the most part, Arizona Sisters have successfully evaded me ever since that one lucky moment.
Aspens in Holy Ghost Canyon (Pecos) a few weeks ago. Most were just starting to turn, with one very conspicuously leading the way.
A sure sign that fall is on its way: globemallow flowers and buds by the roadside in the Jemez. The purple background is one of the largest clusters of desert 4 o’clocks I’ve ever seen.