2021 July camping, Colorado

I spent a couple of nights with family camping in southern Colorado in the San Juan Forest. It was lovely and the weather cooperated. It sprinkled a little, but when it really rained it didn’t interfere with any activities.

We went one afternoon to hike near the La Piedra river.

Heading back to South Dakota, I stayed over at this place just over the state line into the south western corner of Nebraska.

The moon was nearly full and was shining on the water; I was lucky with my camping spot since I could see the water from my bed in the camper.

I am home now after this whirlwind of travel and the garden is running rampant and wild. The lawn is overgrown and the flowers are bursting. The tomato plants are heavy with green fruit. And the lovely new rose is in full bloom. Very lucky I didn’t miss that. Pictures of the blooms soon!

July 2021 Santa Fe garden

Having left Colorado and arrived in Sante Fe, staying at friends with a gorgeous garden just off Canyon Road. Lovely plantings and exquisitely pruned shrubs. A lesson again to me of the necessity for cutting back.

Headed from Sante Fe back up to the Chama Valley to Tierra Amarilla and Los Ojos. Driving right past O’Keefe’s Ghost Ranch, some of these landscapes will look familiar.

I took many other pictures of that gorgeous garden and will do a backtrack post sometime to give a better sense of it. But for now am enjoying visiting a friend’s painting studio and seeing new work.

July 2021 wildflowers and travel

The internet access has been close to non-existent for the last few days but that is not necessarily bad. The trip has been great so far. Good camp sights. Lovely wildflowers and good luck with weather.

Camp site in western Nebraska.
Camp site in northern Colorado
Campsite in southern Colorado

The shade tent at this third campsite is set up very near to the water so we could scamper out of the very very cold water of the stream into the tent with waiting warm clothes and hot tea.

Morning light over stream

I will try to post some pictures of landscapes and some more of the lovely flowers soon.

July 2021 imminent blooms and a trip

I am leaving to go on a road trip and I am particularly noticing the things in the garden that are very close to blooming. I won’t be gone that long, but given that things change every single day I am sure there are some moments I will miss. But I am looking forward to seeing some different landscapes and some friends I haven’t seen in a while.

This bed is changing a lot (partly because tomatoes really do change so quickly). And I expect these moss roses will be spectacular when I return.

Here are several things that are about to bloom or are just starting up.

Love lies bleeding
poppy
Four o clocks … or as the poets of the 17C called it: marvel of Peru
zinnias partly underway
rudbeckia
two potted lantana, above and below

So I will have to do a comparison when I return –or maybe I will have some updates from the garden while I am away. Meanwhile the kitties are saying, “You are doing WHAT?”

Milton, disapproving and accusing; Caramel, resigned.
Cousin, disappointed.