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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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Spring Beauty at the Rio Grande Nature Center

Western Swallowtail Butterfly
Western Swallowtail Butterfly,

Western Swallowtail Butterfly,
Western Swallowtail Butterfly

Yucca Glauca
Wilson's Warbler

Snowy Egret

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Late Summer Flowers in my Garden

I had quite a few outdoor chores to do this weekend, and I decided to take my camera with me while I did them. You may have seen my Photo Feathers blog post on Corrales birds. I also took a few photos of the late summer flowers blooming around the house and in the garden.

Peace Rose

A Late-blooming Rose

Black-eyed Susans

Creeping Rosemary (rosemary prostratus) with Bee

Wild Purple Asters

Sweet Alyssum

Maximilian Sunflower

Russian Sage

Hibiscus

Dill Flower

Garlic Chive Flowers

Nierembergia

Thai Peppers

Gazanias

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Sandia Wildflowers

Last weekend when Bosque Bill and I went out in search of Three-toed Woodpeckers, we found that the Sandia Mountain wildflowers were blooming everywhere as a result of the monsoon rains.

Red Elderberries

Red Columbine

Harebells

Orange Agoceris

Wild Geraniums

Mountain Asters

Orange Mountain Daisy

Cut-leaved Coneflower

Rocky Mountain Penstemon

Indian Paintbrush

Wildflowers and Painted Lady Butterfly

It was a beautiful day for a walk in the mountains!

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Wandering Wednesday-A Bike Ride in the Rio Grande Bosque

On Sunday morning I set off for a bike ride in the Rio Grande Bosque. It was a lovely day, and I took some photos with my little point and shoot camera.





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Spring Flowers

Nothing makes my heart happier than to see the first flowers of spring. Here are some that I have seen in Spring 2010.

Flowering Crabapple

Tulip

Tulip

Pansy

Forsythia

Flowering Quince

Apple

Lilac

Redbud

Wisteria

Flowering Plum

Jonquils

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