Category: Las Cienegas National Conservation Area

Photo of the Day: 4.26.20

Our last night on the Cienegas I set up the tripod to get some evening shots.  The sun was positively glowing as it set in the western sky.  I waited for some stars to appear before I called it a night.

Photo of the Day: 4.25.20

Mesquite Green Mesquite awakens As the days grow long and hot Painting the land green.   —–Lynn Amber Our time here on the Cienegas is about to end just at the time of year when the mesquite are coming out in leaf and flower.  It’s…

Photo of the Day: 4.23.20

  On our way out this morning to fill our fresh water tank and dump our other tanks, we came upon some pronghorns along the Empire Ranch Road.  Usually, they are much further away in the grassland making a photograph impossible.  Jim stopped the…

Photo of the Day 4.22.20

Happy Earth Day!!  My Earth Day morning started with a walk towards Cottonwood Pond.  Along the way, I found some new discoveries!  The prickly poppies are starting to bloom.  I believe this one is Argemone platyceras – the one more commonly found in the…

Photo of the Day 4.21.20

On a recent bike ride I got very excited to see this yellow flower carpeting the desert floor!  🙂  It’s a dandelion – but oh so pretty!!  There has been so little in the way of flowering plants here this spring that even this…

Photo of the Day 4.20.20

I’ve made a few new friends here on the ranch.  The birds that frequent Cottonwood Pond have become very familiar with me.  The Western Kingbird is ever present – perching on Mesquite branches surrounding the pond and occasionally on the shrubby vegetation along the…

Photo of the Day 4.18.20

Cottonwood Pond Mourning doves cooing Red-tailed Hawks guarding their nest Mesquite wind silent.   The incessant wind we have been experiencing over the past several days reminds me of my quiet morning walk earlier in the week!  On that particular morning, the wind was silent. …

Photo of the Day 4.15.20

Our evening walk to the Cottonwood Pond was very fruitful.  As I spend more time at the pond, I’ve become more attuned to the feathered friend population.  Our main objective this evening was to catch a glimpse of the red-tailed hawks that are nesting…

Photo of the Day 4.14.20

Today we completed our longest bike ride here on the ranch – taking a route that created an 18-mile loop through the conservation area.  The photo above pretty much sums up our routine when we ride – stop half-way and have lunch!  Lunch always…

Photo of the Day 4.12.20

  How special that I found some Desert Mariposa Lilies blooming on Easter day in the grassland!!  Jim and I decided to take an afternoon bike ride on a new dirt road we discovered here in the NCA.  We detoured onto an unmarked road,…