Springtime Nature, May 2016 #2

Is the Springtime not the most uplifting season of the year? All the swallows are now in attendance, a succession of cacti come into bloom and the fruit is swelling on the trees.

Probably three or more species of swallow are now seen congregated on the power lines: Violet-green and Barn swallows for sure, and perhaps some Tree and Cliff swallows. V-g&BarnSwallowsMay262016_1310 V-green&BarnSwallowsMay262016_1307 V-g&OtherSwallowsMay262016_1309Violet-greenSwallowsMay262016_1305

The river rushes

the swallows swoop and weave

a mallard rides the swift current

and, newly arrived,

a yellow-breasted chat

advertises his eligibility

with song phrases enough

for three or four birds

Overhead, monosyllabic honkers


a yellow warbler

flits in the willows

and cottontails of all sizes

are to be seen


The clouds in the sky

the trees and grass

the river

the fish and furry animals

you and me

the evening chills

we stroll back to the house



Pink locust

Pink locust

Growing up on the gazebo, this robust wisteria has never bloomed

Growing up on the gazebo, this robust wisteria has never bloomed





Cottonwood limb hangs over the river

Cottonwood limb hangs over the river

Claretcup, Mound variety

Claretcup, Mound variety

Cottonwood limb hangs over the river

Cottonwood limb hangs over the river

All the photos seen here were taken on our riverside property.

About Evensteven

I am a photographer and author, and live in Embudo, New Mexico, alongside the Rio Grande. I 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: The Grand: https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447 I have also published six additional iBooks: 1. The Salt River: https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-salt-river/id12449222822. 2. Coyote Buttes: https://books.apple.com/us/book/coyote-buttes/id1271773201 3. Four Cornered, the Land: https://books.apple.com/us/book/four-cornered/id1384038899 4. Four Cornered, The Rivers: https://books.apple.com/us/book/four-cornered-book-two-the-rivers/id1402287568 5. Rio Marañon: https://books.apple.com/us/book/four-cornered-book-two-the-rivers/id1402287568 6. Rio Grande: https://books.apple.com/us/book/rio-grande-new-mexico/id1469126321
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