Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Been Outside?

Red Dome Blanket Flower, Gaillardia pinnatifida, in McKelligon Canyon

Ocotillos in bloom above Scenic Drive

A view looking out of McKelligon Canyon with slope of Sugar Loaf on the left

Newmanista, Donna Stephens, wanted to know if you get a ticket for shooting photographs as you drive. Probably not unless you are talking or texting on your cell phone at the same time.

She sent us the pics shown above. There is so much color in our little part of the Chihuahuan Desert right now. A walk along Scenic Drive on Scenic Sundays or a drive or walk into McKelligon Canyon reveals so many of our native plants in bloom.

All of this is accessible from our Newman Park Neighborhood. If you are interested in hiking in different places in the El Paso region, email me and I'll put you on a hiking info email list.

Scenic Drive is closed to motorists every Sunday morning so that walkers, runners, bikers, skateboarders and skaters can come out and enjoy the mountain and the spectacular view - which right now includes a forest of ocotillos in bloom. Now through September, the drive is closed from 6 a.m. until 11 a.m. From October through March, Scenic Sunday hours are 7 a.m. to Noon.

Pictures above courtesy of Donna Stephens who wasn't using her cell phone at the time

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wonderful! These pictures and words should inspire all to get outside and reap the benefit of our natural environment – health to your body and peace to your spirit.
- judy