Category: Summer

East Fork Coneflowers

Coneflowers along the East Fork of the Jemez

Coneflowers along the East Fork of the Jemez. There were gazillions of wildflowers there a few weeks ago.

Rock Garden, 2021 Edition

Rock garden with coral bells and lichens

Wild coral bells growing from granite with lichens, high in the Sandias.

Valles Caldera: Barn and Corral

Barn and Corral at Valles Caldera

I realized when I was up at Valles Caldera last week that it’s been ten years since the Las Conchas fire, which was, up until that point, New Mexico’s largest wildfire. I could never have imagined that the area would be so very green just a single decade later. It’s true that we’ve had an unusually large amount of rain this summer, but still — it’s pretty amazing.

Some of my Jemez posts from the summer of 2011:

Wiedemeyer’s Admiral Butterfly

Wiedemeyer's Admiral

Well, it’s just about the wettest summer I can ever remember here in the Albuquerque area, and the wildflowers and butterflies are loving it. So am I, for that matter! I happened upon a Wiedemeyer’s Admiral last week with its wings closed and jumped at the chance to get a photo. (The last time I had the opportunity was about six years ago.)

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.

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