Summer along the middle Rio Grande is announced by the blooming of the Yerba Mansa. This year the season started a little early, probably thanks to warm temperatures and some welcome rains.
The dense patches of fleshy green leaves blanket acres of the boggy cottonwood forest floor. The plants do well in the deep shade, but the blossoms are thickest where a bit of direct sunlight reaches them during the day.
These first pictures of the year were made with my Nikon F on TMAX 400 film. I look forward to visiting the Yerba Mansa several more times as they mature during the summer with other cameras. I am also pleased to see that the small Yerba Mansa which I planted a couple years ago beside the house look like they might finally produce a few flowers.