Category: Mother Nature

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.


Monsoon Season

Monsoon Season

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.


Skipper on Spike Verbena

Skipper on Spike Verbena

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


Osha with Ladybug

Osha with Ladybug

It’s really and truly summer in the Sandia mountains now, and osha is making a rather spectacular appearance this year. I love the way the color of the ladybug — almost in the center of the flower cluster — ties into the color of the paintbrush in the background (the yellow is mountain parsley). And of course all the green is lovely to see. It’s quite lush above 10,000 feet right now.


East Fork of the Jemez

East Fork of the Jemez

Probably my all-time favorite body of water, and while I know it’s grandiose to say that about a little stream, it is my favorite. It was very lush in that part of the Jemez when a friend and I went up a few weeks ago.


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