Note what stands out in natural and nearby built landscapes (abstracting ecoregion, scaled to space).
Photos: 12/30/12 on Los Lunas Hill, Valencia County NM, with two desert-centric compadres: longtime friend Ted, and new friend Andre.
|Yes, brown (tans) dominates the surface; other colors make an impact by contrasting colors, forms and sizes. The olive-green Creosote Bush / Larrea tridentata is a hardy local native on gravelly, desert pavement textures.|
|On the surface, there's more gray (sky) and brown (tan grasses), but a new contrast. Sandy soils change the species, and the contrast to Oneseed Juniper / Juniperus monosperma. Soil more than microclimate.|
|Spiky interest was sure to be found; this is central New Mexico! Not sure this Opuntia species, but winter red is nice.|
|The bold but low Club Cholla / Grusonia clavata rejoices in the sunlight; I rejoice in the view.|
|The rock on Los Lunas Hill is mostly basalt, with some sandstone and other gray cobbles. Rock mulch sizes should be mixed more often in our southwestern landscapes, instead of just areas of uniform rock or gravel sizes.|
|A wider view at the same entry to a future development. Even native flowers once evident from a closer look, become fleeting with our ubiquitous high desert rabbits. Yet, it holds together.|