After a fairly dry winter, Monday (April 18th) brought tons of snow to the mountains, if not quite to the foothills. I ran up to Elena Gallegos Picnic Area after work to watch the snow and clouds.

Trail 230, Elena Gallegos Picnic Area

Trail 230a, Elena Gallegos Picnic Area

Looking southeast from Trail 230a on Monday …

April 18 Snow at Elena Gallegos Picnic Area

April 18 Snow at Elena Gallegos Picnic Area

And zooming in to the same snowy mountains in the background of the photo above.

Snow/Clouds High in the Sandias

Snow/Clouds High in the Sandias

By the end of the week, true to form, the weather had changed to a preview of summer. I saw the first thunderstorm looking west from Trail 365a, close to the Embudo trailhead.

First Thunderstorm of the Year, 2016

First Thunderstorm of the Year, 2016

Back at the trailhead, I saw these piles of rocks:

Rock Sculptures

Rock Sculptures

I’m fascinated by the way we humans are compelled to build piles of rocks. I think it’s one of the many creative actions built into the species. Others include making visual depictions of the environment (drawing, painting, petroglyphs, pictographs, and of course photos); banging (drumming); singing (all forms of music); storytelling; and even stringing beads.