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 …
… 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.
We walked down to the Rio to enjoy the beautiful view of the river and the Sandias.
We watched Snowy Egrets flying overhead.
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.
There were chunks of burned Ponderosa Pine floating in the Rio.
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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