Spring Snow

lazuli bunting in the snow

Telephoto shot thru kitchen window

It snowed two days ago, then melted. Yesterday it mostly rained and blew. This morning it’s been snowing heavily since dawn. Tomorrow it will snow all day and accumulate several inches, then down to 20°F in the wee hours of Sunday morning. Then, and only then, will we slowly climb back to the seventies we’d been enjoying for some time.

Yes, this happens at seven thousand feet, even in May. I have plenty of photos of hummingbirds in May snow. The bird above is a lazuli bunting, my favorite visitor of all. We usually have several who stay most of the summer. I always buy the cheapest bird seed, because the lazulis like to eat the “filler” seeds the other birds ignore. These birds are quite aggressive, even chasing away the larger juncos. Good for them! The world has plenty of juncos and not nearly enough lazuli buntings.

  • vicky Zillioux April 28, 2017, 10:01 AM

    Beautiful bird. I don’t think that one comes to the downtown area. At least not that we have seen. Im worried about my flowers and plants that have come up from last year. Hope they make it through this!

    • Marti Fenton April 28, 2017, 12:57 PM

      Me too! They will be OK if they are covered with snow. We might need to shake the trees that are leafed out to avoid breakage. I worry about my lilacs that have only managed to bloom one year (last year).

  • Peter April 28, 2017, 10:39 PM

    Beautiful bird. You should do a book of Photography on Taos (possible with comments or bits of Taos history or tales). Many of your photographs are exceptional.

  • vicky Zillioux April 29, 2017, 1:45 PM

    I haven’t seen one of these birds. Do you think they come in towards town?

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