As I started up part of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) a few weeks ago, the thought crossed my mind, “I wonder if I’ll see a collared lizard today.” I have no idea why I thought that but bam! An hour or so later, I saw one. Then, perhaps 30-40 minutes after that, I saw a second collared lizard — this one — who actually posed for me. Both were extra-colorful males.
One of the prettiest banana yuccas I’ve ever seen.
The cottonwoods lining the Rio Chama are decked out in brand-new spring leaves.
A typical northern New Mexican scene — with the exception of the giant smoke plume in the background (photo taken two weeks ago). I first posted about this fire five weeks ago; it’s hard to believe it’s still going strong. Worse yet, the Forest Service announced a couple of days ago that, not only has this been the largest wildfire in New Mexican history, both parts of it were caused by the Forest Service itself. Heartbreaking.
I’ll stop posting wildfire photos when the fires end.
Looking south-southeast at sunset from my camping spot in the Rio Chama Valley a week ago. I think many of the clouds in the photo were actually mixed with smoke from the Calf Canyon fire (still going strong, unfortunately). For all its destruction, wildfire often makes for exceptionally pretty sunsets.