Tag Archives: Yucca

Earth Day and Spring Flower Bonanza, April 22, 2017

It’s Earth Day today, and I visited two of my favorite spots. The first was the Orilla Verde Recreation Area, along the Rio Grande upstream of Pilar, NM, and the second was what I call Rinconada Canyon, for lack of … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Spring Wildflowers #4 (and more)

Yesterday, in Orilla Verde, I took photos of flowers, birds and scenery. I’m seeing more flowering hedgehog cacti – the claret cups and green hedgehogs. And the yucca has started. The Violet-green swallows were swooping all over the place, but … Continue reading

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Road Trip, Part 2 – Hanksville to Red Canyon, Utah, Sept. 9-10/14

It was raining heavily as we left our campsite in North Wash, and we opted to stay on paved roads for the time being. We were happy to have breakfast in Hanksville, and then drove west into Capitol Reef National … Continue reading

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The Vista Verde Hike

In the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, the Vista Verde parking area and trail head is located part-way up the dirt road (Rt. 567) that climbs out of the Rio Grande Gorge from Taos Junction bridge to the West … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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