Red or Green

by | Dec 25, 2023 | Ground Work | 6 comments

Not red or green chile. Though I could wax poetic about our spicy and savory New Mexican cuisine, I’ll save that for another day. And not gift wrap, though perhaps some of you are untying red or green ribbons for Christmas.

But red or green, or yellow, pink, blue, mauve, silver, or burgundy, and a few I can’t find words for—those are colors I saw this morning while hiking in the muted light of an overcast morning on the Sandia Mountain foothill trails I love to tramp. Once I began to notice them, color was everywhere. Some might view the desert as drab, but I see myriad shades of green—from the olive tones of the junipers to the epidote (its own hue, as far as I’m concerned) in the Sandia granite to the chartreuse lichen growing out of a crack in a boulder.

And what of the deep blue of a year-round resident Western bluebird’s back and wings (viewed through my binoculars, so I couldn’t get a picture) and the lighter brighter blue of his cousins, the Mountain bluebirds who winter here, but only let me see a flash of their vibrant feathers as the flock winged by on the chill breeze.

Flora, fauna, and, of course, stones of all sorts flaunted their varied shades, all seemingly enhanced by the subtle light.

The everyday wonder of nature’s palette filled me with delight.

I’d never be able to choose a favorite.

But if you have a favorite color, what is it? And, why?

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  1. Sara Eisenberg

    Thank you for the wonderful micro-tour: still hope to get there some day.And my piece of the Sandia Mountains sits on the shelf right by my reading chair, so you and your landscape are never from from reach or thought!

  2. Kate Miller

    What a joy to read your appreciation and gratitude for the colors of our beautiful home in the desert. Thank you for reminding and enjoying it too from the place of marvel. I am grateful my friend.

  3. Scott Burns

    I agree about the colors! I also love your Sandia granite – really nice. Cheers, Scott

  4. Sharon Galkin

    If a picture speaks a thousand words, you just wrote your longest post yet!
    Thank you for bringing us into your beautiful world – again.
    Purple (any shade) is my color. Nice to see it well-represented in these photos.

  5. Evelyn Asher

    Wondrous! Your deep appreciation of nourishes my soul and inspires me to pay attention more, more deeply! I cannot wait to read your book and find your interpretations of earth and its mysteries.


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