Nighttime Recon in the Duke City

My trip back lengthened with a winery and slow-lunch stop, before catching up with a friend at Starbucks and my last 3 hours driving to Las Cruces.

Dueling Dasylirion at CNM Workforce Training Center, and their excellent copper patina barrel roof.

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Provisions run and errands complete, it was time for more landscape photos.

All because I exited the freeway to meet an Albuquerque friend, where I spotted parking lot trees maturing on an older design of mine. If you’re going to be late, then enjoy the journey. Plus, temperatures cooled perfectly after a surprise, muggy storm at sundown.


Drainage swales at a valley housing project, literally “the projects”. Prosopis pubescens / Screwbean Mesquite now dwarfs the sotols and saltbushes. A bit eerie with my phone’s flash…like a desert “midnight in the garden of good and evil.”



A last stop at the southern edge of town, and a needed slice of pizza. Native and adapted plants, water harvesting, and 1-2 field adjustments apparent.


The relaxed mounds of Muhlenbergia rigens in parking lot planter swales are what the doctor ordered, unless they were changed to M. capillaris. Then…

My eyes could be fooling me that late. More on the above and others later.

9/24/17 weather: 84 / 55 / 0.00