High Desert Jungle Bunting

lazuli bunting

Lazuli bunting waiting in ambush for his prey

It looks like a jungle to me, anyway. After fifteen years in northern New Mexico, I figure if I ever see two contiguous green plants again, I’ll keel right over from the shock.

That bird looks so perfect, like he’s stuffed. Maybe he is stuffed. Doesn’t that look like a diorama? Oh right, who knows what those are anymore. Well, back in the days when the government actually did things, there were these places called museums. You could go inside and see life-sized models of animals and people in these little scenes behind the glass. Actual 3-D, man.

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  • Marti Fenton Whitedeersong May 10, 2014, 4:14 PM

    Beautiful ! Ah yes, dioramas. I spent many, many hours in the Natural History Museum in Denver driving my parents crazy with boredom as I imagined myself in the scenes of prehistoric and even historic flora and fauna. I always wanted to design dioramas but didn’t know how to join that world. Here you have it on a walk toward the gorge.

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