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.
Our massive riverside cottonwood, horno and gazebo, from the orchard
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.
Mallard, flying upstream
Don’t hate us just cuz we’re cowbirds!
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
A Western tanager in the blooming locust trees
The following photos were taken in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.
Green hedgehog. This is a very small cactus that needs to be searched-out.
Hillside cottonwood grove watered by a spring
Claretcup hedgehog cactus