White Trees, Willows, A Riparian Habitat

White tree and willows, a riparian habitat in the Bosque del Apache, Socorro, NM. Riparian, I like that word. It inspires me and as such I like to look for these places around waters edge that hold a little mystery. I half expect that what ever inhabits these zones will pop out and surprise me. Sometimes they do, a duck, or heron, once a muskrat. Thanks for looking. G

White Tree And Willows, A Riparian Habitat

Sandhill Cranes Sunset In The Marshes

Sandhill Cranes sunset in the marshes at the Bosque del Apache. There are so many photo ops one encounters in this magnificent National Wildlife Refuge in the Rio Grande Valley southeast of Socorro, New Mexico. Today I chose this one which pleases me very much. In this case it depicts an evening sunset across the marshes with the silhouettes of the Sandhill Crane settling in for the evening. Thanks for looking. G

Sandhill cranes sunset in the marshes

Great Blue Heron, Bosque del Apache

Great Blue Heron,fishing in the irrigation channels at the Bosque del Apache, San Antonio, NM. I feel like I know this bird personally. Each time we visit the “Bosque” I am sure we are seeing the same bird, in the same location, as on previous visits. Well anyway if it isn’t the same bird, I like to pretend it is. Funny thing though… I feel it knows me! Thanks for looking. G

Great Blue Heron, Bosque del Apache fishing

Juvenile Bald Eagle And Grackle

Juvenile Bald Eagle and Grackle. Here we are in the Bosque del Apache, in the middle of December, south of Socorro, NM where the temps are in the fifties, with a chilling wind that makes our fingers hurt, but we are quite content to stand and watch this scene of the young bald and the grackle ignore each other. The grackle minded it’s own business and the eagle paid attention to everything but the grackle such as geese and hawks and cranes. Thanks for looking. G

Juvenile Bald Eagle And Grackle

Great Blue Heron In Flight

Great Blue Heron in flight, Bosque del Apache. I hope you’ll indulge me with a few more posts from the National Wildlife Refuge. This bird obliged by flying alongside the car. It was fun to watch it’s effortless flight and steadfast purpose. It fooled me at the last, as it banked swiftly to its right and over the car. Thanks for looking. G

Great Blue Heron In Flight Bosque del Apache

Bosque Del Apache Reflections

Bosque del Apache reflections, San Antonio, NM. As the marshes fill and the cottonwood leaves succumb to the cold nights, the National Wildlife Refuge, becomes that “a refuge”. In a way it becomes a refuge for all who visit, wildlife and us humans. We certainly felt it this week in the Bosque del Apache, NWR. Thanks for looking. G

Bosque del Apache reflections

Bosque Marsh, Mountain Dawn

Bosque marsh, mountain dawn. So beautiful down here in Bosque del Apache (woods of the Apache) NWR, San Antonio, NM. We been coming down here for many years now and every time there is always something new to see. These are only a fraction of the thousands of Snow Geese arriving daily. On this visit we have saw the largest number of wild turkeys spotted here. A section of the refuge previously closed and now open, affording us new views, vistas and habitats. And the mountains… oh! the mountains… lit up from a single shaft of light, and here reflected in the marsh. The good thing is… we’ve made plans for more trips back down here this season. Thanks for looking. G

Bosque Marsh, Mountain Dawn

Great Blue Heron, Bosque del Apache

Great Blue Heron, Bosque del Apache. First he nailed a catfish, made short work of it, beating it and stabbing it into a vessel of broken bones and flesh before swallowing it whole. Carrying on his evening intent, he proceeded across the irrigation channel stalking a rat or perhaps a frog for dessert. We on the other hand had homemade fudge for dessert. Thanks for looking. G

Great Blue Heron silhouette, Bosque del Apache

Sandhill Crane Bosque Del Apache

Sandhill Crane, Bosque del Apache (Woods of the Apache), Socorro, New Mexico. I was feeling nostalgic and talking to a friend and client about a potential trip to the “Bosque” this coming winter and decided to post a photo of a Sandhill Crane. Perhaps it will manifest into a few trips there to the Bosque del Apache this coming winter. Love the Sandhills. Click on the image to expand for effect. Thanks for looking. G

sandhill crane bosque del apache