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In The Garden This Week. 06-07-2023

Greetings from San Cristobal. This week the garden.

The internet and phones have been down for the last three days after a contractor severed a fiber optic line in Taos. They still remain a bit dodgy. I could go into it further but I’d rather move quickly to get this week’s post online while I have a connection.

Instead of spending time on my phone, online, and on social media over the last few “down” days, I spent time amongst the flowers in our garden.

Here are some of the blooms and one orchid not in the garden. All shot on the iPhone 13 Pro Max. Prints available.


Iris in the garden
Iris with raindrops.
Marigold in the garden
Day Lillies
Day Lillies.

As always, thank you for looking. G

In the Garden with Buddha, the Birds and a Moth

Not a lot of words are needed here. Suffice to say I’m playing around with my new Sony 100-400mm lens, and what better place than the garden. The birds are willing accomplices and help me put the lens through its paces. I really like this lens a lot.

Garden Buddha
Garden Buddha with seashells, San Cristobal.

Black Headed Grosbeak
Black-headed Grosbeak.

Black Headed Grosbeak
Black-headed Grosbeak

Juvenile Black Headed Grosbeak
Female immature Black-headed Grosbeak.

Juvenile Black Headed Grosbeak
Female Black-headed Grosbeak.

Juvenile Evening Grosbeak
Female Evening Grosbeak.

Male Black-chinned Hummingbird
Male Black-chinned Hummingbird, tasting the nectar or the air.

Male Black-chinned Hummingbird
Male Black-chinned Hummingbird guarding the feeder.

Female Black-chinned Hummingbird
Female Black-chinned Hummingbird.

Female Black-chinned Hummingbird
Female Black-chinned Hummingbird on the feeder.

Brown-headed Cowbird
A Brown-headed Cowbird returned to the garden this year.

White-sided Sphinx Moth
White-sided Sphinx Moth, often referred to as a hummingbird moth.

Thanks for looking. See you next week. G

Red Wheelbarrow, Surprise, Snow, San Cristobal, NM

Red Wheelbarrow with a surprise in the snow, San Cristobal, New Mexico. I like to wander early in the morning, well not too early, in the garden. This little surprise was waiting to be discovered in Pami’s red wheelbarrow after the last snow. So…, something red for the holidays. Thanks for looking. G


Evening Grosbeaks, In The Garden, San Cristobal

Evening Grosbeaks, in the garden, San Cristobal. The variety of birds were in abundance last week. We had Robins, Magpies, Juncos, and Chickadees. Townsend Solitaires, Downy Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers, Crows, and a few straggler House Finches rounded out the thirsty bird species. When the ever vigilant Evening Grosbeaks showed up in their droves, the thirsty drinkers had to back off, all but the brave Robin back there. Thanks for looking. G

Evening Grosbeaks, In the Garden

Evening Grosbeak, Crabapple Tree, San Cristobal, NM

Evening Grosbeak, in one of our crabapple trees, San Cristobal, NM. Besides colorful hillsides and mountains, fall brings an abundance of food and birds to eat it. This week the Evening Grosbeaks arrived in flocks to indulge themselves of the crabapples. Great individual shots picked out of the thirty or so birds camoflaged by the branches and leaves. Thanks for looking. G

Evening Grosbeak, Crabapple Tree, San Cristobal, NM

Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly. Here in the garden this butterfly, with a five inch wingspan, visits each day, frequenting the same plants in the same order.  Nature’s fascinating, endless beauty, three yards from my front door. I hope you find some beauty around you. Thanks for looking. G

Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Poppy, In The Garden, San Cristobal

Poppy, in the garden, San Cristobal, and although they don’t last long, this is one of four and being the approximate size of a dinner plate, put on a marvelous display. With the winds we’ve had today the ground should be well and truly seeded. Thanks for looking. G

Poppy, in the garden, San Cristobal,

Apple Tree, Crescent Moon, Venus

Apple Tree, Crescent Moon, Venus. I was going to make a short drive out to somewhere this evening for a more majestic view incorporating a landscape. As I walked out to the car this delicate scene presented itself in the twilight. Venus and the moon through the branches of the apple tree in the garden. If it’s clear tomorrow evening there will probably be another image of this wonderful conjunction. Thanks for looking. G

Apple Tree, Crescent Moon, Venus

Dark-Eyed Juncos, Garden, Snow

Dark-Eyed Juncos, in the garden and the snow today. I had fun hanging out with about five dozen of these little ones storming the bird feeders today. They were unafraid of the guy with the camera in polar gear, and as long as I stood still they stayed around, happily devouring a few pounds of seed. Over the last six days they’ve gone through 30 pounds of seed. And me? After I darned near froze my fingers off and the battery in the camera died in the 20º temps, it was time for a cup of tea! Thanks for looking. G

Dark-Eyed Juncos, in the garden and the snow today.

Dark-Eyed Juncos, in the garden

Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco San Cristobal garden

Dark-eyed Junco on the fence



Townsend’s Solitaire, Winter Ash Tree

Townsend’s Solitaire in the winter ash tree in the garden, San Cristobal NM. I spent some time outside on the deck this afternoon. The feeders were overrun with Dark-eyed Juncos, a few Sparrows, half a dozen American Crows, Mourning Doves and a Lewis’ Woodpecker. The woodpecker returned after a month absence to retrieve the seeds it had stashed in the cottonwood tree. This Townsend’s Solitaire, normally sits in the tops of the trees and sings it’s song. Today it sat on the lower branches for a few snaps. It then returned to the top of a juniper tree. I’ve never seen it feeding at one of the feeders. Thanks for looking. G

Townsend Solitaire In The Winter Tree