Baca Grande in the Spring

In May I’m sometimes able to do a writing retreat at “Baca,” a beautiful parcel of land near Crestone in the San Luis Valley in Colorado.  Trees are in fresh leaf and irises blossom along the creek.  Where it’s a bit drier, Indian Paintbrush sprout in sandy soil.  As the day warms up, butterflies alight on the new flowers and birds call from the trees or among the low brush.

 

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La Jara, New Mexico, September

A good trip to New Mexico for my sister’s 70th birthday.  I had just read a chapter in Robin Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass, in which she wonders about why asters and goldenrod look so lovely together.  I had an opportunity to photograph some New Mexican asters growing up among yellow flowers….and some other cool things, including a well-camouflaged horned toad and a shy barn cat!