The ubiquitous "they" still say that this is not an early monsoon season,
but to those of us living in the Sandias it sure feels like it is.
The rains have brought us some hidden blooms. Two more for the One Hundred Species Challenge.
35. Penstamon breviculus. Shortstem pestamon.
We almost stepped on this one in the high meadow.
36. Escobaria vivipara (var. neomexicana). Pincushion ball cactus (also called Coyphatha or Mamillaria varieties).
We are walking very carefully in the high meadow these days. Both dogs routinely jump over the cacti or go around them, as they have learned. So have we.