Prickly pear blooms at NWR Headquarters

We’ve seen the claret cup cactus, the green hedgehog and the yucca bloom. Now it’s prickly pear time. Next up is the cholla, so stay tuned. Here’s a photo of the yellow prickly pear blooms outside our home/office, in Embudo, “on the banks of the Rio Grande”.

Embudo, NM

Prickly pear at the NWR headquarters, in Embudo, NM

Vista Verde Hike

In the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, the Vista Verde hike starts just uphill from Taos Junction bridge. This is a relaxed, mostly level, 2 hr. hike to a great overlook of the Class 4 Taos Box run, on the Rio Grande river. Seen below, “toreva blocks” are pieces of the rim that have slid towards the river and rotated as they descended, so that their once vertical faces are now inclined at an angle.

near Taos, NM

Apache Plume

Black-throated Sparrow

Black-throated Sparrow

near Taos, NM

Blazing star

near Taos, NM

Boat Reamer rapid

near Taos, NM

Screaming Left rapid

near Taos, NM

The Boulder Field

near Taos, NM

2 kinds of claret cup cactus

near Taos, NM

Grass

near Taos, NM

Greenery

near Taos, NM

Indian paintbrush

near Taos, NM

Kathy and flowers

near Taos, NM

Petroglyphs

near Taos, NM

Petroglyphs

near Taos, NM

Prickly pear cactus

near Taos, NM

Sego lily

near Taos, NM

The Gut

near Taos, NM

Toreva block

near Taos, NM

Toreva block

near Taos, NM

Virginia creeper

near Taos, NM

Yucca

near Taos, NM

Yucca, Apache plume and sagebrush

Taos Box run, on the Rio Grande river.