Portraits of Wildflowers

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More than petroglyphs and a shade-seeking squirrel

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At Petroglyphs National Monument in Albuquerque on June 13th I saw plenty of flowering broom dalea plants (Dalea scoparia). Unlike the squirrel that tried to stay in the shade, these plants thrive in heat and bright sunlight. Here’s a closer look:

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 20, 2017 at 5:02 AM

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  1. glad to see some lovely blooming things once again in your posts!!

    Christina Mild

    July 20, 2017 at 2:32 PM

    • I was swept away by all those grand western landscapes I saw on the trip—so different from what’s available in central Texas—and have been playing them up here. It’s also taken me time to identify a bunch of the wildflowers I photographed in places where I was a stranger in a strange land. I showed the Rocky mountain iris last week and will have more flowers in the days ahead, along with more of those great geological formations.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 20, 2017 at 3:26 PM

  2. I remembered the name Dalea, and found some, like feather dalea, in your earlier posts.This one’s deep purple is striking against the blue sky, but the earthier background for the closeup is just as nice. I like the scraggliness. It’s unexpectedly charming, like so much of the West.


    July 20, 2017 at 11:12 PM

    • You know how much I like scraggliness. There’s plenty of it in the desert, and that’s one more reason to visit the Southwest. Speaking of plenty, these broom dalea plants abounded. Some had dried out and looked dead, but lots of them were covered with flowers.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 20, 2017 at 11:26 PM

  3. Very pretty!!


    July 21, 2017 at 8:00 PM

  4. That broom flowering is quite lovely Steve .. mind you, I adore purple 😄


    July 25, 2017 at 7:28 AM

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