An almost full moon rises over the Sandia foothills.
Storksbill, aka Red-Stemmed Filaree
This is one of the weirdest wildflowers I’ve ever come across (although birdsbill dayflower is even stranger). You can see how this flower got its name (more or less) on the right. On the left, you can see one of the “stork’s” bills starting. I will also complain and say it grows very, very close to the ground … so getting a shot of it required a few calisthenics on my part.
Here are the flowers in more detail:
A classic winter sunset.
Someone I ran into last summer in the Sandias, or more accurately, someone I would have run into if it hadn’t warned me it was there by rattling.
I’m obsessed with lichens these days. I also finally have a decent macro lens that can capture their details. I found these in the Sandia foothills.
Blue Grama Grass, Winter Edition
New Mexico’s state grass, curled up and backlit in its winter glory.