reading the land . . .

Knee deep in the Open Space¬† Master Naturalist program has me returning to some old favorite natural history texts, and reading some new ones as well. But what I’m really excited about is learning how to read the land. Studying topographical maps of New Mexico, noticing the layers and layers of rock that make up the Sandia Mountains, and keeping eyes and ears alert.

Look at this purple beauty:

And this collection of eggs:

And this– a bull snake digesting breakfast, probably for the next 24 hours. Who knows? Maybe he will be featured in a new poem.