Spring Flowers and Birds


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.

Truchas Peaks

Truchas Peaks

Unknown yellow flower

Perky Sue (Hymenoxys argentea)

Unknown yellow flower

Perky Sue

Fleabane(?)

Fleabane(?)

Green hedgehog

Green hedgehog

Claretcup

Claretcup

Canyon towhee

Canyon towhee

Yellow-rumped warbler, back (yellow-rump) view

Yellow-rumped warbler, rear (yellow-rump) view

Yellow-rumped warbler

Yellow-rumped warbler

Yellow-rumped warbler, with all his patches of yellow visible

Yellow-rumped warbler, with all but one of his patches of yellow visible

Yellow-rumped warbler

Yellow-rumped warbler

Yucca, with flower stem

Yucca, with flower stem

 

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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2 Responses to Spring Flowers and Birds

  1. Crooked Tracks says:

    Beautiful photos, happy spring 🙂

    Like

  2. believesteve says:

    Thanks! You too…

    Like

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