As you may already know, the Bosque (Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park) is one of my favorite places for a walk. Bosque means "trees along a river or stream," and this place packs a lots of different habitats into a short stroll: Desert, wetlands, ponds, a tiny forest, open fields, irrigation ditch, and river; all with views of the distant Organ Mountains.
I know I've been using this word a lot lately--lush--but that is what I keep thinking when I see the results of our monsoon rains on the local plants. There were parts of trails that looked completely unfamiliar to me because things have grown up so much over the summer.
|One of the ponds, where you can see cranes, migratory ducks, beaver, and muskrats|
|Delicate wildflowers in two colors|
|Yep, I call this lush|
|A colorful hillside|
|This is part of the Picacho Drain, built to carry off excess irrigation water from local fields|