Albuquerque August: the smell of roasting chiles, frequent afternoon monsoon showers and occasionally heavy rains, the last days of the rufous hummingbirds, and a view toward the State Fair, Balloon Fiesta, and arrival of the sandhill cranes and other migratory birds. August suggests the coming of fall in New Mexico, one of the truly magical seasons here. But, August has magic of its own!
A typically beautiful sunrise one August morning, calm and colorful. The afternoon brought a 1.5 inch rain to my house, very welcome and needed moisture! However, the flash flooding that followed resulted in one known death yesterday. Stay away from arroyos, and don’t drive through running water on a roadway!
I planted cosmos somewhat late this year, and they are beginning to bloom. They are a lot of fun to photograph. The goldfinches will soon be playing in them, eating seeds. The black-chinned hummingbirds, who stay later than the rufous, will enjoy the nectar of these flowers until they head south. I just enjoy photographing cosmos.
The sunflowers are in full bloom, and attracting many very busy bees. These bees are laden with pollen!
Nice variety in the sunflowers. I’m not sure we having any fancy sunflowers planted at the moment.
Hi, Tim. This year I didn’t have any left-over seeds, so I bought some – very inexpensive ones at the grocery store. I couldn’t find one type I really like for photography – very short as sunflowers go, but with large seed heads. I may order some of those next year. But any of the variegated ones are fun, as are the native sunflowers!!!! You have a forest of sunflowers when yours bloom!
I have finally caught up with this blog now. The images here are always a treat. Beautiful photos, as always, Susan!
I started our sunflowers late; they are a ways from blooming.
Hi, Lavinia! Thank you! Yours will be blooming when these are gone. I’m already looking forward to your pics!