Looking forward to spring and this photo is a throw back to last spring. January always seems so much longer than 31 days. This is an entrance to a mountain hiking trail in the Cibola National Forest. When it’s really dry and there is a fire danger many if not all of these trail get closed.
That plant with the white bloom of flowers on top is a Yucca which New Mexico adopted as it’s state flower in 1927.
There were some hot air balloons up today which is really unusual for the middle of December. There was no wind to speak of though so the balloons were pretty stationary in the air. They just sort of went up and down like a yo-yos. It was pretty chilly on the ground though, so it must have been really cold up there.
These were growing in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains. I don’t actually know what they are but they looked like baseball sized watermelons to me.