Our wildfire season got started extraordinarily early this year, first with the Hermit’s Peak fire, and then with the Cerro Pelado fire, which began shortly afterward. There have been numerous fires in the southern part of the state as well, but those are bit more common at this time of the year. Early fires in the Pecos Wilderness and the Jemez are pretty unusual … maybe even unheard of. Plus there are more hot, dry, and windy days ahead of us this week. The digital freeway signs — the ones that warned us to be careful about COVID two years ago, and then to get vaccinated last year — are now reminding us not to drop our cigarette butts outside.
I think of this view as showing the southern end of the Nacimiento mountains — but I might be wrong about that. It might better be characterized as the northern end of the Jemez’s characteristic red rocks and land. Either way, I love the mix of colors and land types in it.
A friend and I scouted out a more or less hidden part of the East Fork — my absolutely most favorite body of water in the world (even if it is really small) — on Labor Day. We splashed through water and clambered over rocks and, even though I’m sure many consider us “older women,” got to feel like wildly intrepid explorers for a day.
Storm clouds moving in over the red rocks across from Walatowa Visitor Center (Jemez Pueblo).
Coneflowers along the East Fork of the Jemez. There were gazillions of wildflowers there a few weeks ago.