Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition (FMWC) for the annual Poppy Preservation Celebration in El Paso, TX.
The event is put on each year to showcase the unique flora and fauna of the Franklin Mountains and the Chihuahuan desert. Mexican Gold Poppies are the star of the festival because this beautiful flower blankets the foothills of the Franklins in yellow when sufficient rain falls. Many years the poppy doesn’t make a good showing because rain must fall in the autumn for the plants to grow and then rain must fall again in the spring for the flowers to bloom.
Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary in Ramah, New Mexico. His handler, Leyton Cougar, explains that his sanctuary rescues wolves from people who try to keep them as pets. He is much larger than I would expect a wolf to be and he has a beautiful thick coat of white fur. I believe he is an arctic wolf.
Chihuahuan Desert Wildlife Rescue. See you on the trail.
Poppies, poppies everywhere
Poppies close their petals each night
P.S. On 29 March, 2010 the El Paso County Commissioner introduced a County resolution to preserve Castner Range as natural open space. It passed unanimously as the first item on the Commissioner’s Court agenda. The resolution reads as follows:
The State of Texas
County of El Paso Know All Men By These Presents:
WHEREAS, it is the desire of the El Paso County Commissioners’ Court
to protect the environment and the natural resources unique to the El Paso
WHEREAS, there is an opportunity to guide and plan for future
development and the protection of valuable open space that could
potentially be lost if action is not taken; and,
WHEREAS, Castner Range is located in a mountainous area of El Paso
County and is owned by the United States Government (the “U.S.”); and,
WHEREAS, the Commissioners’ Court wishes that the land be preserved
and not developed, and wishes to request that the U.S. Department of the
Army work to achieve a Conservation Conveyance so that the whole of
Castner Range is preserved and no portion is developed so that it can be
used by the public for passive recreational use.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the El Paso County Judge
and Commissioners’ Court advocates the preservation of Castner Range
for future generations and that it not be developed in whole or in part.
SIGNED, this 29th day of March, 2010.