Recent monsoonal rains stir the Llano Estacado tablelands to life. Shades of green dominate the once dry and dusty plain. While Mr Cooper and I enjoy the rebirth, many areas of great natural beauty in our State of New Mexico, neighboring Colorado, and Arizona continue to suffer wildfires of calamitous scope.
My heart is heavy over the losses of firefighters who venture to contain and extinguish the fiery beasts bent on annihilating the world. Their desire to serve, ability to perform, and courage to act is the stuff of heroes. They come from neighboring communities and across state lines to gasp in smoke-laden air, toil in hellish temperatures, and trudge through rugged and unfamiliar terrain--to lay their lives on the line. They measure success one homestead, one grove of tall ponderosa pine, one elk, one wild turkey, one human life, one saved hope and dream at a time.
- © Ilija Lukić 2013 -
|Checkered White Perusing Horsemint|
|Nodding Thistle Head Dress|
|Musk Thistle Crown|
|Bush Morning Glory|
|Canine Prairie Observer (Cooper)|
|Chameleon (Black Swallowtail Chrysalis|
|On The Prowl|
|Prairie Coneflower Colony|