Category: Places

El Malpais National Monument, New Mexico

El Malpais National Monument, near Grants, New Mexico on 30 May 2021, part of the National Park system of the United States.  Two areas were visited:  La Ventana Arch and the Sandstone Bluffs.  There wasn’t time to go to the volcano flows.

Petroglyph National Monument, New Mexico

Petroglyph National Monument, Albuquerque, New Mexico on 30 May 2021, part of the National Park system of the United States.  Rock carvings made by indigenous peoples and early settlers over 400-700 years ago.

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, New Mexico

Along our travels on U.S. Route 64 on 28 May 2021 in New Mexico:  the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge over the Rio Grande river.

Earthship Biotecture, New Mexico

Along our route to Taos, New Mexico, we stopped at Earthship Biotecture on 28 May 2021.

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, near Mosca, Colorado, on 27 May 2021.  With the melting mountain snow, Medano Creek was flowing at the foot of the dunes, providing families with a “day at the beach.”

Fringed Puccoon or Narrowleaf Stoneseed

Fringed Puccoon or Narrowleaf Stoneseed [Lithospermum incisum] found outside Broken Bow, Nebraska on 20 May 2021. It’s a member of the Borage (Boraginaceae) family. National Wildlife Federation’s Wildflowers of North America, page 161, states it blooms in spring and summer on roadsides, in open woods, and on prairies. It is different from the from the …

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Yellow or Western Salsify

Yellow or Western Salsify [Tragopogon dubius] found in Concordia, Kansas and Grand Island, Nebraska on 18 and 19 May 2021, respectively. It’s a member of the Aster (Asteraceae or Compositae) family. National Wildlife Federation’s Wildflowers of North America, page 569, states this species was introduced from Europe, blooms in Summer in disturbed places, and is …

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Goat’s-Beard or Yellow Salsify

Goat’s-Beard or Yellow Salsify [Tragopogon dubius] seen at Alma Creamery, Alma, Kansas on 17 May 2021 and Grand Island, Nebraska on 19 May 2021. It’s a member of the Aster (Asteraceae / Compositae) family. National Wildlife Federation’s Wildflowers of North America page 569, records that it was introduced species and the USDA site has it …

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A Visit to Salina, Kansas

A visit to Salina, Kansas on 17 May 2021.

Abilene, Kansas and Dwight D. Eisenhower

Only the grounds of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood home could be viewed in Abilene, Kansas on 17 May 2021.