Passing by the Keechelus Lake and then entering Cle Elum 💙💜💙
It may be surprising but in many places the wildflowers out number the cacti, but that won't be the case if climate change continues on its current trajectory.
Water is scarce in the desert as I'm sure you know, and much of the water in New Mexico comes from the melting snowpack. Since the 1950s the snowpack has been decreasing in NM, and as you can see from the last images, New Mexico is off to its driest start to any water year on record since record keeping began in the 1890s. NM is the 6th fastest-warming states in the country resulting in sustained droughts and dangerous wildfires among other issues. Over the past 4 decades alone, the fire season has lengthened from 5 to 7 months. Certain species of trees and other plants are already dying off with the changing climate patterns.