We're camping this weekend at Ute State Park, near Tucumcari, NM (Brian Urlacher's home town, I believe) and decided to drive around the secondary roads, just to explore. The above scene is actually a riverbed that must have seen water recently, altho there's only a small collection of water under the rock overhang on the left center side of the photo, next to the trees in the center. The green was lush, and the type I'm used to seeing in the Midwest, but not in New Mexico! Thoroughly enjoyed this view!
I just loved the desert wildflowers that were in bloom. I don't know what the flowers above are, but they are very tiny and (obviously) close to the ground. I just loved the mix of purple and yellow running along the ground!
Cholla (pronounced choy-a) are really nasty shrubs - their thorns seem to just leap out and attack you if you get too close. That doesn't really happen, but it seems like it because the thorns are so sensitive to things close to them, they attach themselves to you very quickly.....and HURT!! However, their blooms are just lovely! The above bloom is a lovely bright pink color, and I've also seen them yellow. Beautiful to look at, but don't get too close!!!