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After the Fires

This would normally be a Wordless Wednesday post, but today I have something to say about what has happened in my beautiful state.

This weekend Bosque Bill and I went down the Calabacillas Arroyo access to the Rio Grande to see what was happening there in light of the monsoon rains that have occurred following the La Concha and Pacheco fires earlier this year.

It was a beautiful morning, and we enjoyed looking at the flowers …

Goldenrod

Goldenrod

Hyssop Lily

Hyssop Lily

Globe Mallow

Globe Mallow

Bee Plant

Bee Plant

Blue Flax

Blue Flax

… and the dragonflies and damselflies on the walk down to the river. I am not at all confident in my ability to identify dragonflies and damselflies. Please feel free to correct any mis-identifications.

Variegated Meadowhawk

Variegated Meadowhawk

Blue Dasher

Blue Dasher

Aztec Dancer (male)

Aztec Dancer (male)

Aztec Dancer (female)

Aztec Dancer (female)

Powdered Dancer

Powdered Dancer

We walked down to the Rio to enjoy the beautiful view of the river and the Sandias.

Rio Grande and clouds over the Sandias.

Rio Grande and clouds over the Sandias.

We watched Snowy Egrets flying overhead.

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

And what does all of this have to do with the devastating New Mexico fires?

When we got to the edge of the river, we could see that the river was dark gray with ash from runoff from the burn areas. There was a great deal of black ash along the edge of the water.

Ash in the Rio Grande from runoff after the La Concha and Pacheco fires.

Ash in the Rio Grande from runoff after the La Concha and Pacheco fires.

There were chunks of burned Ponderosa Pine floating in the Rio.

Charred Ponderosa Pine bark.

Charred Ponderosa Pine bark.

John Fleck of the Albuquerque Journal has written a blog post about how a fire affects an entire watershed. The damage from the fires and the subsequent flooding has devastated many beautiful areas in New Mexico including the Santa Clara Pueblo, Bandelier National Monument, Valles Caldera National Preserve and Dixon’s Apple Orchard. Many important birding and wildlife areas were burned. It will take many years for these areas to recover.

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Wordless Wednesday-Wings on Wednesday

Red Saddlebags Dragonfly - Tramea onusta

Black Saddlebags Dragonfly - Tramea lacerata

Blue Darter Dragonfly

Blue Darter Dragonfly

Variegated Meadowhawk - Sympetrum corruptum

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An Insect Kind of Sunday in the Corrales Bosque

I really meant to ride my bike to the Corrales Harvest Festival when I got up on Sunday morning. Somehow the idea of crowds and noise did not appeal to me, so I went for a short fast ride, came home and decided to take some bird photos in the Corrales Bosque. I saw quite a few birds, but the insects were so abundant and lovely that I decided to photograph them.

The Figeater Beetles (a type of Scarab Beetle) were everywhere, flying right at me in their clumsy, bumblebee-like manner.

Figeater Beetle

Figeater Beetle

Figeather Beetle and Smaller Beetles Eating Tree Sap

Figeather Beetle and Smaller Beetles Eating Tree Sap

There were many dragonflies, spreadwings and damselflies.

Flame Skimmer

Flame Skimmer

Great Spreadwing

Great Spreadwing

Great Spreadwing, Another View

Great Spreadwing, Another View

Familiar Bluet

Familiar Bluet

I was able to identify the various species of odonata from Bosque Bill’s excellent website.

Honeybees were going about their business on the abundant wildflowers.

Honeybee on Wildflower

Honeybee on Wildflower

There were many small butterflies on the wildflowers too.

Cabbage White Butterfly on Wild Purple Aster

Cabbage White Butterfly on Wild Purple Aster

Clouded Sulphur Butterfly on Small-flowered White Aster

Clouded Sulphur Butterfly on Small-flowered White Aster

Some days you find birds, some days you find insects, some days you find both. It’s always lovely to walk in the Corrales Bosque.

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