27 November 2010

Not Quite Winter's Bone

Penstemon, Kelly, NM, Nov. 2010
We awoke to snow up here in the mountains of New Mexico on Thanksgiving morning, and while it's not unheard of, it was still a bit of a surprise. The (relatively) bitter cold kept me mostly inside the past few days, but today was sunny and calm and my whole self yearned for a hike. Ten minutes later, I was up at the Kelly Mine area which, getting full southern exposure, seems to be very hikable on a mild winter day. A bit of snow left in the shadows made for some nice contrast, without which I might not have even noticed this delicate, soon-to-be-dust Penstemon along the trail past Juanita Mine #2. I'm hoping for a mild winter so that I can keep hiking, especially since I have finally found boots that fit properly. And an early spring... well, I can always hope.


Moags and Smeet said...

Lovely photo.

KeLLy aNN said...

I wish we would get a bit of Sneaux.
Mostly all we get here is Rain in Louisiana.
Your picture would make a beautiful
Yulemas/Christmas card.

Lesley said...

Beautiful photo, I've visited New Mexico and I'd love to go back :)