|Ripening Prickly Pears|
The desert is so green because of recent abundant rainfall it's hard to believe we're still in a significant drought. But we are. It will take many more extended periods of sufficient precipitation to break through.
After our trek we drove down to our small post office to mail a bill. We returned home via University Avenue past NMSU to see what kind of progress construction workers are making on the bridge over I-25; everything still looks pretty much the same as it has for the past year. Discouraging.
|Long view of the green desert|
|This & the next: Nipple Beehive Cactus|
|Several explorers bushwhacking through the desert|
|This & the next: Hedgehog Cacti|
|Ripening fruit on a Prickly Pear Cactus|
|This & the next: freshly washed arroyos|
|Frio and Willow|
|Desert Zinnia bouquet|
|Another freshly washed wash|
|Gruesome Prickly Pear|
|Arroyo with yucca|
|Probably a Torrey Yucca|
|Arroyo whose source is the mountains|
|Barrel Cactus buds|
|New leaves emerging from a Soaptree Yucca crown|
|This & the next: with good rain grass will grow in the desert|
The desert looks so lovely after the rain. I really like your photo of the buds on the Barrel cactus.
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