|Dawn breaks the day of my speaking engagement, from my downtown Denver hotel room, looking towards the plains.|
|Once part of Kansas, this area later became Colorado, but the ecoregional locale is|
still firmly on the great plains, at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Denver was
named after a Kansas Territorial governor; that state's flower, Helianthus
annuus, is still found along roadsides and fallow fields just beyond the city.
Though my first reaction was that Abq friend Liza moved to Denver over the
holidays, and had some of her friends over. But I digress...
|My neighbor, Nate, is also enjoying the ride, before we returned via the La Cumbre Taproom. Of course...|
Speaking of what should inspire landscapes in Abq - it would be great to see some of that simple contrast abstracted in gardens in or near the foothills - small courtyards to freeways. Tan, dormant Grama grass expanses / Bouteloua spp. = negative space. Green Oneseed Juniper / Juniperus monosperma in swales and Comanche Prickly Pear / Opuntia camanchica among grasses = positive space or mass. And the Sandia Mountain backdrop ain't bad, either.
|Closer to home is the steel agave or yucca sculpture, set into the ruggedness. It's|
the City of Albuquerque's marker for our East Gateway or El Pedregal area.
I must post on that sculpture lit up at night, very soon.
|About the only water is in my courtyard fountain, though sometimes in frozen form.|
Does any of this recall treks you've taken in the past?
Or give you ideas where you might want to visit? Tell me about it!