Great Blue Heron, Bosque del Apache.

great blue heron
Great Blue Heron. The sun rises and spotlights the Heron already ensconced in its pre-established fishing hole. The bird remained in this position for what seemed like in perpetuity until, without any warning, it became intent on stalking its prey. Steady poise, deliberate delicate steps, and nature delivered up a sumptuous breakfast. It turned out that rat was on the menu this particular morning.

Morning in the Bosque del Apache, NM

Northern pintail ducks in the Bosque del Apache, Socorro, NM
Northern Pintail ducks in the Bosque del Apache (Woods of the Apache) NWR, Socorro, NM. It’s not hard to make a good image in the National Wildlife Refuge. At this time of year there is an abundance of waterfowl wintering in the somewhat more temperate climate of central New Mexico. These particular ducks came out of the reeds and marsh grasses in tandem. Observing them through the lens I had a feeling they knew where they were going. I had no clue what they were about, effortlessly gliding along. I got to watch and enjoy this moment and create a few compositions of the scene. Reviewing the image later I recalled, if nothing else, the reverence for a moment when I saw the three of them emerge from the reeds and marsh grasses taking my breath away in their wake.

Red-Tailed Hawk

Red-Tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk on a cold and frosty morning, NM Highway 150. I was heading into my gallery in Arroyo Seco on my morning commute. I often spot hawks on fence posts, power poles, or in a dead tree as in this case. Power poles provide the hawk with a vantage point, it’s true, but there is something un-romantic about a ridged post with a transformer constantly humming and wires everywhere ruining the picture. Maybe, secretly, the raptor likes that sort of thing. Well… when I spotted this bird in all it’s pristine glory, bathed in morning sunlight, I had to pull over and make an image. Thanks for looking. G