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.
I realized when I was up at Valles Caldera last week that it’s been ten years since the Las Conchas fire, which was, up until that point, New Mexico’s largest wildfire. I could never have imagined that the area would be so very green just a single decade later. It’s true that we’ve had an unusually large amount of rain this summer, but still — it’s pretty amazing.
Some of my Jemez posts from the summer of 2011:
The stretch of Highway 550 between Cuba and San Ysidro is one of my very favorites. I was driving home along it a few weeks ago, and loved the way the clouds were spattering light and shadow across the landscape. I stopped, ran across the road, and took a few shots. This is the one I liked best.