Monthly Archives: June 2015

The Catalpa, Embudo, NM (revised)

This is a revision of an earlier post (6/21/15), in which I presented flowers of the catalpa tree. I’m here adding a photo of the catalpa seed pod (8/8/15). From the magnificent flower to the very interesting-looking fruit. Catalpa speciosa, … Continue reading

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Stormy Evenings’ Atmospherics

On the evening of 6/14 a rainbow formed to the east, as a rain shower passed overhead, moving from west to east. These evening rain showers are a regular occurrence in the summer, and especially during our “monsoon” season, which … Continue reading

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The Rio Grande Whiptail Lizard

Our State Reptile is the Rio Grande or New Mexico Whiptail Lizard (Cnemidophorus neomexicanus). New Mexico Whiptail lizards are found primarily in New Mexico’s Rio Grande Valley. They actively forage by rooting around in organic matter under bushes and digging … Continue reading

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Spring Wildflowers (and more) #7, Rio Grande, NM

June 7, 2015. The late season snows of not many weeks ago continue to provide us with a bountiful spring season, soon to be summer. You’ll see next that I’m a sucker for the pricklypear flower.

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The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon – Tapeats Creek, Mile 133.7

Tapeats Creek! It’s a crystal-clear trout stream fed by springs that issue from below the North Rim, one of which is the spectacular Thunder River Spring which shoots out of a cave in a limestone cliff. The diabase mentioned above … Continue reading

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The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon – Deubendorff Rapid and Stone Creek, Mile 131

March, 2007. We arrived at Bedrock Rapid on a cold and rainy day. Unintentionally, of course, three of our rafts went left. One made it, one flipped and one was maneuvered out of the river left eddy with ropes from … Continue reading

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The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon – the Middle Granite Gorge, Miles 127 – 130

The Middle Granite Gorge begins at 127 Mile rapid, as the first of its characteristic black schist appears. The next mile is packed full of things that you’ll want to take a close look at, most especially the fluted and … Continue reading

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