The old-timers in this part of the state say that this year is the greenest they can remember. Abundant afternoon rains and our almost-daily sunshine have made our hills, mountains, and valleys lush with growth.* The Hondo Valley of southeastern New Mexico is no exception. It is home to orchards, lavender fields, and iris farms and is a beautiful place any time, but it seems even more so this year.
I took these photos near the tiny town of Tinnie (pop. 174) as we drove on our way recently from Las Cruces to Clovis.
Blue skies are wonderful and we are so lucky to have them most of the time here in New Mexico, but seeing all this green this year makes us very, very happy. For sky photos from all around the world, be sure to visit Skywatch Friday.
*"lush with growth"--As I re-read this post and look at the photos, I realize that "lush" is in the eye of the beholder. I guess that the vegetation in these photos would look "lush" only to a desert dweller. Perhaps I am becoming a true Westerner!