If you read the last post, you are aware that I spent this past weekend at my cousin’s place in New Mexico, whose state nickname is “The Land of Enchantment.” They live in Lincoln County, New Mexico, in the Capitan Mountains. I thought I’d regale you with some of the local flora, fauna and scenery. I apologize in advance for any prolonged load time for this photo-heavy post.
The wind chimes are favorite perches
Cosmos and Forsythia intermedia (yellow flowering shrub) in front of Smokey Bear Historical Park, Capitan, New Mexico. Alas, Forsythia is a nonnative plant that was imported from Japan and China. Shame on them!
Cane cholla cactus (Cylindropuntia imbricata) — bushes of these cacti were dotted about over the landscape and all of them were covered in brilliant fucsia blooms.
Cane cholla cactus (Cylindropuntia imbricata)
Cottonwood trees (Populus fremontii) in my cousin’s back yard, near Capitan, New Mexico. The Spanish word for this tree is “alamo” — whence “Los Alamos,” the town in New Mexico where the atomic bomb was developed, and “The Alamo” a Spanish mission built on the banks of the San Antonio River, the site of a famous battle of the Texas Revolution.
Why the trees are called “cottonwoods” — their seeds.
Large piñon pine across the road from my cousin’s house, near Capitan, New Mexico.
Ranch House and Barn near Capitan, New Mexico
Some of the devastation from the Little Bear Fire of June, 2012, in Lincoln County, New Mexico.
Devastation from the Little Bear Fire of June, 2012. The fire was started by a lightening strike, and 44,330 acres of forest burned, destroying over 150 homes. The fire threatened my cousin’s home. They were forced to evacuate at one point, but the fire was finally brought under control and they were spared.