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.
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.
A skipper butterfly on spike verbena high in the Sandia mountains.
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.
Panchuela Creek, a lovely little stream in the Pecos Wilderness. I can’t wait to go back.