Friday, September 23, 2016

'Tis Fall, Finally, and the Flowers Are Flaunting Their Finest Foliage

I do a daily walk around my neighborhood in the foothills of Albuquerque.  I walk west on Candelaria, then north on the Tramway Blvd. bike and walk pathway through Prairie Dog Village, past the Roadrunner's family nest (Mom, Dad and three youngsters), then up Commanche Rd. toward the mountain and finally south through the Casa Grande Linear Park.

The late summer flowers are in their finally blooms and going to seed.  The prairie dogs are getting fat for winter when they will be largely dormant.  Last Sunday I took a scenic walk and took pictures of this colorful natural refuge in an urban setting.


Blanket Flower

Purple or Tansy Aster

Prairie Dog

Stopping to smell the flowers

Going down into his burrow

Getting fat on seeds and leaves

Apache Plume
Apache Plume seed heads

Desert Bird of Paradise

Seed pods on New Mexico Locust

Sared Datura or Jimson Weed

Jimson Weed Seed Pods


Morning Glory

Threadleaf Groundsel

Prairie Coneflower



Maxmillian's Sunflower

Wright's Wild Buckwheat
Close up of the Wright's Buckwheat flowers

Cane Cholla Cactus

Desert Marigold

Russian Olive

Bumble Bee gathering late summer pollen from a sunflower
My local roadrunner family was a no show on this walk. They are always a delight to watch.

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic photos. And btw I particularly appreciated your "featured post.' :)