Category Archives: Nature

Song of the cicada.

Growing up in Houston, I heard these bugs every Summer. At times it was pretty loud when they would all reverberate together. You could also find the exuviae (or exoskeletons they would leave behind after moulting). When we first moved … Continue reading

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Aspen Vista hike 6_9_20

Unusually cool temps in the 40’s in June (!) encourage us to go on a hike up near the Santa Fe Ski Basin on our favorite trail along the North Fork of Tesuque Creek. We discover infestation!

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Eldo Preserve hike 5_28_20

Hike on Trail 201.

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River study.

I love watching the creeks as the water bubbles and swirls on its way downstream. Here are some closer looks at the Winsor and Big Tesuque creeks from our last hike in the mountains.

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Hike 5_20_2-0

We get a head start on Memorial Day and hike up near the Santa Fe Ski basin.

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Evening clouds

A storm is moving in.

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Black-chinned hummingbird and his love dance

The video is of the black-chinned hummingbird (in the photo above) doing its mating flight. Males fly up and down in a U-shape in front of a female. This flight is pretty short; they usually fly up pretty high and … Continue reading

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Cavalcade of critters

Birds, bugs, snakes and flowers all making appearances now that the temperatures are warming up.

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Curve-billed thrasher nest

Our first visible nest of the Spring. These birds seem to like our casa as they are always hanging around.

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Black-chinned Hummingbird 4_28_20

Three of these fellows are now fighting over the feeder. They are also doing the mating flight where they dive and ascend in a u-shape over a resting female while making a buzzing noise. Fun to watch.

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