Starting two new projects, I’m visiting Albuquerque as early spring is coming on strong. And some pleasant landscape scenes in the morning light.
Photos 3/9 and 10/2015 –
The usual Mediterranean style home looks great with the purple tile roof.
But what makes it are those two xeric plants, which also fit right in the foothills – the similar form of Oneseed Juniper mingles with that same cactus in the wild. Sure, I’d do something other than the struggling barberries or crepe myrtles, and too much gravel expanse.
But even if this were those junipers and cacti, it would work.
I never saw this Opuntia until hiking nearby, and it’s not sold. In El Paso, where it’s also on mountain slopes, everyone calls it Opuntia macrocentra…nope.
O. macrocentra has black spines, they are sometimes longer than on O. camanchica, and they almost always are limited to the top edge of each pad. O. macrocentra also has thinner pads, sometimes heart-shaped with a shallow indentation on the tops. But equally hardy.
That’s the long-time-coming evolution of ABQ horticulture, in one photo.
Phreatophyte trees like cottonwoods are along constant water sources and not arid uplands for a reason, where their short lives, invasive roots and weak wood do no harm and even good.
While sotols do good and provide “wow factor” against our skies, dotting rocky uplands…without a drinking problem :-)
Is there a plant or scene you relate to your favorite time of day?