The snow has melted from the lower slopes of the Santa Fe Ski Basin. Spring hiking season can begin!
This weekend we took our cell of Scottish terrorists up Hyde Park Road for some training maneuvers in the Santa Fe National Forest. The pups loved it, as always. The icy chill of meltwater in Tesuque Creek does not deter them in the least from jumping in and splashing about in the shallow stream. And what could be better than getting your feet muddy after you’ve gotten them nice and wet? 😉
After a refreshing dip in an icy stream, 0ur Scottish terrierists dry off in the sun of a mountain meadow.
Wildflowers are just now coming into bloom. I noted 4 different species.
I think these are wild strawberries.
These little white stars are about the size of a pinhead. You really have to keep a sharp eye open to spot the early bloomers.
The thorny, holly-like leaves and yellow buds belong to Fremont’s barberry.
The florets in the umbral make you think of clover, don’t they?
I was such a dolt! I brought my big camera with macro lens and forgot to take it out to document this little beauty! >:-(
In my defense, though, I was being yanked down the trail by 20-lbs of Scottish muscle. Pausing to set up a careful series of macro shots on a narrow hiking trail would have been difficult.
While we took a short break at the meadow, I pulled out my sketchbook and drew the creek bed.
A very quick sketch of Tesuque Creek. I took just enough time to note the verticals of the multi-trunked trees and the rough spheres of the creek bed rocks.
I had only a few minutes to jot down the essential elements of the scene while the Scottish terrorists dried off from their swim.
All in all, it was a great way to spend a morning of Easter weekend!