|Looking down my street to the west...the Sandia Mountains immersed in fog on the morning of March 15th.|
|Snow-covered Cane Cholla|
|Snow melting on the cholla spines in the morning warmth|
|St. Frances looks hopefully to the skies for signs of spring|
Last spring we had a mere .91" of precipitation in the previous 6 months and no new precipitation until late June, 2013. Many pinon trees died from the long-term drought. I manually watered my trees and was able to save them all. The cost of my water in June was $200. So I am thankful that we have had several rains and light snows in the past few weeks. This will help our wildflower production and help our wildlife, too. This past week, I watched a fat skunk waddle down the street, watched wild rabbits scurry from my yard, heard the yips of a healthy pack of coyotes, and received an email that a mountain lion was seen in the neighborhood.
|Pinon trees in my backyard|
This morning, most of the snow has melted and the skies are sunny and blue.
|Sandia Mountains this morning (Sunday, March 15) as viewed from my house just to the east of the mountains (that red colored pine is a dead pinon tree, a victim of last year's drought).|
|Forsythia blossoms beginning to bloom|
|At my house, the snow that fell yesterday has almost completely melted by this morning.|
|Buds on my crab apple tree|
|Buds on my plum tree|
I welcome next Thursday when the Vernal Equinox arrives!