Running Free in the San Luis Valley

Horse, San Luis Valley
Horse, San Luis Valley

I was up in southern Colorado a month or so ago and encountered a bunch of horses. They looked wild but I don’t think they were because this one, in particular, really wanted to be my friend. Nonetheless, they were running free in a wide expanse of open range and, come to think of it, so was I.

Tumbleweed Flowers

Pink Tumbleweed Flowers
Pink Tumbleweed Flowers

I’ve lived in the desert southwest for well over three decades, and I never ever knew until this year that tumbleweeds have flowers. They’re teeny tiny, and of course you wouldn’t want to get too close to them because they’re very prickly. Turns out another name for them is Russian Thistle. As you might guess from their name, they actually are not native to the US, and they’re considered invasive. I was finally able to get a decent shot of them, thanks to a rented macro lens (I think they’re really pretty — up close, anyway).