Category: Spring

Ocotillo Blossoms

Ocotillo Blossoms

While ocotillos aren’t native to central New Mexico, they bloomed quite spectacularly here this year anyway.

Western Tanager, 2022 Edition

Male Western Tanager

A male western tanager, high in the Sandia mountains.

Banana Yucca Blossoms

Banana Yucca

One of the prettiest banana yuccas I’ve ever seen.

Rio Chama Canyon in Spring

Rio Chama Canyon in Spring

The cottonwoods lining the Rio Chama are decked out in brand-new spring leaves.

Calf Canyon / Hermit’s Peak Smoke Plume

Smoke Plume from the Calf Canyon Fire

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.

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