Sunday, April 30, 2006

Route 66: Old and New

the sun and sand motel, with both old and new signs -- on old route 66 in Santa Rosa
A colorful collage of old and new signs along old Route 66 in Santa Rosa.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Return of the Curve Billed Thrasher

curve-billed thrasher on cholla
Another curve billed thrasher, perched on a cholla branch. It finally rained a bit last night and the world suddenly got greener.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Glenrio Diner

abandoned diner along old route 66 in glenrio
Both Texas and New Mexico claim Glenrio, as it straddles the border between the two states on old Route 66. There's not much left of it now, although it does seem that a few folks still live there.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Yucca Blossoms

soaptree yucca blossoms
The yuccas started blooming, almost overnight, and it seems it's a really good year for them. I'm predicting that it'll be a good year for century plants as well -- they seem to love the hot, dry weather.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Blue Swallow Motel

the blue swallow motel, a route 66 icon located in Tucumcari, NM
Icons of Route 66, both the Blue Swallow Motel and its neon sign have been lovingly restored.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Route 66 Monument

route 66 monument at the tucumcari convention center
A monument to Route 66 in front of the Tucumcari Convention Center.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Century Plant

leaves of a century plant
The leaves of a century plant, so called because they live for decades before they bloom. When they finally do bloom, an asparagus-looking stalk shoots right up from the center. The stalk grows so quickly that you can easily see dramatic changes from one day to the next (as in Jack and the Beanstalk).

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Cactus Blossom

a claret cup cactus blossom
The first I've seen this year! I think it's claret cup cactus -- I found it in the Sandia foothills late this afternoon.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Tollefsrud Memorial

philip b tollefsrud memorial sculpture garden, at elena gallegos picnic area
Shortly before sunset at the Philip B. Tollefsrud Memorial sculpture garden. The memorial is in the Elena Gallegos Picnic Area, which is just a small part of Albuquerque's extensive Open Space lands.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Friday, April 14, 2006

Student at UNM

a little girl walks across the UNM campus
A very young student walks across the UNM campus in Albuquerque.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Travelstead Hall

students in front of the stained glass wall at Travelstead Hall, University of New Mexico
Travelstead Hall's stained glass wall, at the University of New Mexico.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Prairie Dog

photo of a prairie dog
A prairie dog amongst the mustard weeds. It's been so dry there are hardly any wildflowers... but we still have mustard weed (sigh).

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Another Sunset

sunset looking west from albuquerque with mt taylor in the distance
Sunset looking west from Albuquerque, with Mt. Taylor in the distance. This photo was taken from the balcony of my new apartment. :-)

Monday, April 10, 2006

Curve Billed Thrasher

photo of curve billed thrasher sitting on a cholla branch
A curve billed thrasher sits on a cholla branch and sings his intricate song.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Church with Flowers

san felipe de neri church on Old Town Plaza in Albuquerque, framed by a flowering plum tree
The San Felipe de Neri Church, on Old Town Plaza in Albuquerque, is framed by the blossoms of a flowering plum tree.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Albuquerque Sunset

lights begin to twinkle in albuquerque shortly after sunset
The myriad lights of Albuquerque begin to twinkle on as the sun sets behind Mt. Taylor, 80 miles distant.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Guadalupe and Butterflies

photo of a virgin of guadalupe tapestry seen through a store window
A tapestry of the Virgin of Guadalupe is seen through a store window embellished with a butterfly windchime.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Green Chairs

green chairs on a restaurant patio in Old Town Albuquerque
Green tables and chairs on a restaurant patio in Old Town Albuquerque.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Brick Walkway

a walkway in Old Town Albuquerque incorporates bricks in the shape of a cross
A brick walkway in Old Town Albuquerque incorporates a cross.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Acmon Blue Butterfly

acmon blue butterfly
I saw lots of these little guys in the Sandia foothills today. But I haven't seen any Sandia hairstreaks for a couple of weeks now.

Saturday, April 01, 2006