Springtime Nature, May 2016


Earlier, the month of May was rainy and cold. But the developing peaches and other fruit survived some frosts and a torrential hail storm that tore leaves off the trees. Now, things have warmed-up, and everything is as beautiful as one can imagine. The first group of photos were taken on our riverside property. The second group were taken in the Orilla Verde section of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.

Young peaches

Young peaches

Our massive riverside cottonwood, the horno and some fruit trees

Our massive riverside cottonwood, horno and  gazebo, from the orchard

Across the Rio Grande, bank-side russian olives and a tall cottonwood behind

Across the Rio Grande, bank-side russian olives and a tall cottonwood behind

Hey, my colors are running! A wet male House finch - maybe a baby.

Hey, my colors are running! A wet male House finch – maybe a baby.

Mallard

Mallard, flying upstream

Ash-throated flycatcher

Ash-throated flycatcher

Don't hate us just cuz we're cowbirds!

Don’t hate us just cuz we’re cowbirds!

Cottonwood leaves and developing seeds, with the river beyond

Cottonwood leaves and developing seed capsules, with the river behind. When the capsules mature, they split open, releasing the “cotton” that carries the seeds in the wind.

Our riverside barbecue setup

Our riverside barbecue setup

A Western tanager in the blooming locust trees

A Western tanager in the blooming locust trees

The following photos were taken in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.

Yucca

Yucca

Green hedgehog. This is a very small cactus that needs to be searched-out.

Green hedgehog. This is a very small cactus that needs to be searched-out.

Rio Grande

Rio Grande

Hillside cottonwood grove watered by a spring

Hillside cottonwood grove watered by a spring

Claretcup hedgehog cactus

Claretcup hedgehog cactus

Indian paintbrush

Indian paintbrush

 

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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