Late Afternoon in the Garden

Although my favorite time to photograph flowers in my garden is morning, when it is light but the sun hasn’t yet risen above the Sandias, yesterday the light was pretty good in late afternoon.

Did you watch the Kentucky Derby? I think it was the strangest one of my lifetime. When all is said and done, I’m glad none of the horses were injured.

Once the winner had been decided, I went out to see what was happening in the yard. Because the light in my small Albuquerque yard is very different in late afternoon than in early morning, I saw different things to photograph.


A lot of lizards live in my yard. I rarely photograph them, partly because they run away. This guy was comfortable and held his ground.

lizard in the late afternoon garden
lizard in the late afternoon garden
Shrub Rose ‘Pike’s Peak’

This rose was a gift several years ago. I should have photographed it a couple of days earlier. However, you can still see the beauty it adds to the garden. I was heading out to photograph it when I saw the lizard on the railroad ties.

shrub rose 'Pike's Peak'
Shrub rose ‘Pike’s Peak’
Developing Baby Pear

I have two pear trees: one is a pollinator and the other produces good eating pears. This now-small pear should become a good eating pear some time in August.

garden pear
Developing Pear
Floribunda Rose, ‘Chihuly’

This rose pretty much speaks for itself.

rose 'Chihuly'
Floribunda rose, ‘Chihuly’

Today is Cinco de Mayo, observed just for fun by many people. Today might be a good day to spend late afternoon in the garden… Enjoy whatever you do today. 🙂

8 Replies to “Late Afternoon in the Garden”

  1. Hi Susan, your photos today are a welcome sight! They bring special smiles for the beautiful blooms and the critters who share your surroundings. Thank you for encouraging us all to look around and enjoy nature. Juanita

    1. Hi, Juanita! Thank you. This year I was 24-48 hours late on ‘Pike’s Peak,’ but it has been gorgeous!
      I smiled when the lizard stopped to look up at me. 😉
      Thank you for stopping by.

  2. Susan,
    Thanks. The orange-yellow rose positively glows!

    1. Hi, Barbara! That rose is named ‘Chihuly,’ When the light is right it does glow. This photo was taken in late afternoon, facing West, but with pear trees acting almost like an umbrella.
      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  3. Good to see your posts again. After all the Colorado snowpack is the Rio Grande running high?

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