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Welcome to Walking Wednesdays!
Each week I photograph the sites I see on my walks.
This week I walked along another portion of the New Santa Fe Regional Trail.
The 20-mile New Santa Fe Trail is part of the Colorado Front Range Trail
as well as the American Discovery Trail. It's a rail-to-trail; the trail follows a portion of the abandoned Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad line.
I had a beautiful view of the mountains as I walked.
I walked in both the evening and early mornings when it wasn't so hot. I got to see the Giant Evening Star in bloom. The flowers open only in the evening and remain open through the night, being pollinated by night-flying moths. The Giant Evening Star is also known as Ten-petal Blazingstar or Moonflower.
I loved seeing this Common Milkweed along the trail. Monarch butterflies only lay their eggs on the milkweed plant, so they are essential for the Monarch's survival.
I think the Prickly Poppy is beautiful, although its leaves are very prickly!
All parts of the Prickly Poppy are poisonous to humans and animals.
Isn't this Prairie Spiderwort beautiful despite its strange name?
"Wort" comes from "wyrt," an Old English word for plant.
At the beginning of July,
this is what the Soapweed Yucca looked like.
Now, they look like this . . .
or even this.
One morning after walking on the Trail,
I stopped off at the nearby Wisdom Tea House, one of my favorite places.
I had a pot of Earl Gray tea and a homemade granola bar
for breakfast on their lovely patio.
At Wisdom Tea House, you choose your own tea cup.
They happened to have a cup in my mother's china pattern, Friendly Village!
Their flowers are just gorgeous.
Where is your favorite place to walk?
You can read all my Walking Wednesdays posts here. You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post here.