Northern Pintail Ducks in the Bosque del Apache NWR, Socorro, New Mexico. I love the crisp, bright clear light and how it feels when morning breaks on a winter day in the National Wildlife Refuge in Socorro, NM
Christ in the Desert Monastery on the Rio Chama, New Mexico. I made this image on a photo tour of the Abiquiu area. The monastery road follows the Chama River for thirteen miles through some of the most beautiful terrain in New Mexico. Thanks for looking. G
“Found on the road dead.” Old chair in southern Colorado at the New Mexico state line. Came across this scene four years or so ago … revisited recently and it’s still dead, but with an air of “come hither” about it.
Merlin. “It’s mine, I killed it and now I’m going to eat it!” I made this image yesterday on my way home from my gallery in Arroyo Seco. I spotted the raptor on the fence post as I drove along. I pulled over, reversed about 100 feet and wound down my window. I said to myself, ‘that’s a male Merlin falcon, perhaps a juvenile’. I stopped about 20 feet away and while I was changing lenses I observed the Merlin tear at a dead bird’s chest … at least I’m pretty sure it was dead. I made about a dozen images, each, very much like this one. A few minutes later when a pickup came whipping by me, scaring the Merlin, the raptor took off clenching it’s prey. This evening I wrote to my friend Jean-Luc Catron, author of Raptors of New Mexico to confirm my ID of the bird. This is his reply … “What a beautiful photo!! You are right, it is a merlin, and because of the muted facial markings I can also say that it belongs to the subspecies richardsonii (prairie or Richardson’s merlin). It is a male because of the blue gray dorsal plumage”. Thank you Jean-Luc. Thank you for looking. G