Category: Spring

Ladder-Backed Woodpecker

Ladder-Backed Woodpecker on Cholla

I heard something tap-tap-tapping on a cholla early one morning. I waited until I could see what was making the sound, and was rewarded for my patience when this cute little guy flew out and onto another cholla. You can probably guess how he got his name.


Claret Cup Cactus Blossoms

Claret Cup Cactus Blossoms

The claret cup cactuses bloomed in profusion this spring. This particular plant was hidden under a low bush. I had never noticed it until one morning when I saw a flash of bright red — the sun was hitting the blossoms just right at that very moment. I got down on my hands and knees and managed to stick my lens through a small opening in the bush to nab a few shots.


Western Tanager in Spring

Western Tanager

A male western tanager sports classic New Mexican colors.


Sotol in the Organ Mountains

Sotol in the Organ Mountains

The Organ Mountains are covered with sotol which, of all the yuccas and agaves, is hands-down my favorite. (It’s neither yucca nor agave, but looks and acts a bit like both.)


Bladderpod and Lichen

Bladderpod and Lichen

Bladderpod growing in a tiny bit of dirt on a rock. I’m always amazed to see wildflowers growing in the tiniest crevices where one wouldn’t expect to see any life at all, ever.


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