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2018 Wildflower Reports

April 20, 2018 Barbara Reports: Near Ponderosa, NM at about 6400 ft, 15 April, 2018: All the hedgehog cactus are about this stage of bud development.  I saw this one, solitary Indian Paintbrush.  There were just a few small yellow flowers out, but not much more yet.

April 11, 2018 Squirrel Girl Reports: Along the Quebradas Backcountry Byway April 7, 2018.  It’s still early for the flowers, but some are out and there are more than would be expected for the extreme dry conditions this year.  It probably won’t be spectacular, but may be better in a week or two.  Many, but not all ocotillo have buds.  This was the only yucca I saw budding.



2017 Wildflower Reports

Aug 9, 2017 Bill reports: I'm sorry that I don't have photos just yet but would very much like to return to the El Malpais National Monument area south of Grants, NM where in Aug of 2013 the monsoons must have been strong as the lupine were in stunning bloom.  

Aug 5, 2017 Jen reports: North of Carlsbad, NM, Illinois Camp Rd, east of Lake Avalon.

June 8, 2017 Gary reports: The Yuccas are at peak bloom at the White Sands National Monument. This image was take on 3 June 2017 south of the backcountry camp. The area west of the "sunset stroll" has many blooming Yuccas.




May 12, 2017 Jim reports: The Ocotillo are in full bloom in the Quebradas backcountry region. These images were taken along the Johnson Hill Road. It was a very windy day, so I embraced the wind with long exposures to show the motion. Photos May 7, 2017

April 18, 2017 Gary reports: These Claret Cups were found in the Bear Canyon Arroyo just West of Tramway Blvd. which is located on the eastern side of Albuquerque, NM. The Primrose are blooming in the Bear Canyon Arroyo in These images taken on 18 April 2017.

April 18, 2017 Marina reports: Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico - White-striped sphinx moth feeding on crescent milkvetch on Pueblo Alto trail.

April 14, 2017 Kenneth reports: Chaco Canyon


April 14, 2017 April report: Albuquerque, NM.

April 12, 2017 Squirrel Girl report: Quebradas backcountry byway.  Some flowers are fading, but overall more seem to be coming along.

April 7, 2017 Jim report: Some wildflowers within the Gila River Lower Box WSA taken on 4-2-17.

These images were taken along the Lake Valley Backcountry Byway on 4-1-17
on my way to the Florida Mountains south of Deming.

March 30, 2017 Jim report: These images were taken along the Quebradas Backcountry Byway near Socorro NM on March 26. The flowers and cactus are just beginning to bloom in this area.

March 6, 2017 Shawn Reports: Spring Canyon State Park, Florida Mountains,Deming, New Mexico 3/23/17

March 6, 2017 Helen Reports: Columbus NM - Do not know the identity of this plant? It is abundant.

Jan 1, 2017 DUSA reports: No reports at this time.






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