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My eyes have been treated to the following scenes for the last three mornings:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Land of Enchantment

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Land of Enchantment

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Land of Enchantment

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Land of Enchantment

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Land of Enchantment

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Land of Enchantment

Good for the soul.

 

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Just for the fun of it, I thought I’d bring you along on my Memorial Day adventures. Ok, adventures may be overstating it a bit, haha. I didn’t do anything too exciting, but a day in the mountains is always nice, right? Of course it is! Especially when you have great company.

First, there was Mendelssohn (and other composers) in the park in the town of Cochiti Lake:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Memorial Day adventures

The concert was courtesy of the Los Alamos Choral Society. They were AWESOME. Everyone had a wonderful time. A delightful treat for the ears.

There was bird-watching at Mom’s house (Mom being the aforementioned great company):

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Memorial Day adventures

Beautiful Western Tanagers! They eat grape jelly and orange slices. Silly birds!

There were also silly dogs:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Memorial Day adventures

Who DEFINITELY WANTED TO TAKE A WALK!

So walked we did. In one of New Mexico’s most beautiful areas. Check out how pretty it is:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Memorial Day adventures

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Memorial Day adventures

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Memorial Day adventures

Our walk led to Cochiti Lake:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Memorial Day adventures

It’s usually more blue than that, but they released a bunch of water from the dam, which stirred up lots of muck. Still pretty though. (Those are the Sandia Mountains in the upper right.)

The view the other direction:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Memorial Day adventures

There were storms dancing across the sky all day. But the biggest, baddest one was on my way back to Albuquerque. I know I shouldn’t photograph while driving, but I did anyway. I mean, see how menacing this storm looks:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Memorial Day adventures

Holy moly! That’s a big storm!

But that’s great, because we’re in the desert. We’ve been getting lots of rain lately. Unexpectedly. Everywhere you look, it’s green. I’ll try to get some more photographs in the coming days so I can show you how amazing everything looks.

So, what did you do over the Memorial Day weekend?

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, rain in the Jemez Mountains

I’m a tree watcher. I can’t help it. When change is in the air, I head to the mountains.

Those are the Jemez Mountains in northern New Mexico, and that’s a wildfire off in the distance. It’s been burning for several weeks now, it was started by lightning. There are no structures being threatened, so they’re just letting it burn. One fire does the work of a thousand men.

Wildfires enthrall me. So scary, so beautiful. They occur naturally in nature, and the forest depends on them for its health. If you think of a forest as a giant garden, all the shrubs and ground covers are weeds, stealing precious resources from the trees. A fire can come along and clean that right up for the trees.

Now that more and more people are building homes in the mountains, wildfires have to be controlled. No one wants to see a home go up in flames. There are lots and lots of people who work to protect homes from wildfires, but the responsibility lies with the homeowner. It’s up to them to reduce their risks, clearing out debris, spacing out trees, having a semi-circle driveway so fire trucks have a clear way out if the fire is out of control (believe me, if those firefighters can’t get safely to a house, they will pass it by and work to save the house where the homeowner did do the work – they will not jeopardize lives for a house).

Anyway. This is a houseplant blog usually. Hey, look! A bunch of pretty pictures!

Red mountains, red dirt, red grasshoppers. Can you see him?

Leaving behind the red rocks and the Cottonwood trees, the higher elevations of the Jemez Mountains have Ponderosa Pines and Aspen.

I can’t think of a better place to rejuvenate the soul.

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Hi! My name is Liza. Welcome to my blog and thanks for visiting! I'm a Midwestern gal now living in Arizona, after many years of living in and owning a plant care business in New Mexico.

Plants are living, breathing creatures, and if they're indoor plants, they are 100% dependent on human care. They cannot water themselves.

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