Although we just had a cold snap, with freezing temperatures sufficient to give the coup de grace to our peaches and other fruit this year, wildflowers are blooming ahead of schedule here, as is the case throughout the West. Welcome to the climate “new normal”.
Yesterday (April 22), Kathy and I took a walk in the hills across the river, where we saw many wildflowers and the first blooming cacti. Two hedgehogs are already blooming – the green and the claretcup. I’ve already seen a blooming yucca, and the pricklypears have flower buds that are soon to go off. The yellow-rumped warblers are all over the place alongside the river, and in the tree by our porch. But they will move on.
The snowy Truchas Peaks stand in stark contrast to the green forests and black basalt rocks of the foothills. Snowy though they may be now, we expect the snow cover to soon disappear. The forecasts predict very low flows in the local creeks.