Fine Art Images from the American Southwest

Tag: National Wildlife Refuge

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

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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

Cottonwood Tree, Sandhill Cranes

Cottonwood tree and Sandhill Cranes, in the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, San Antonio, NM. Looking forward to the next three days here. Stay tuned and thanks for looking. G

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Flight! Sandhill Crane, Bosque Del Apache

Flight! Sandhill Crane in flight at the Bosque del Apache. Very excited to make a trip next week, the first of many trips this season (as in numerous years past), to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, San Antonio, New Mexico. Thanks for looking. G

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The Marshes

Marshes in the bosque del apache, socorro, NM
I made this composition through the grasses in the marshes at the Bosque del Apache, NWR

Sandhill Cranes, In Flight, Monte Vista NWR

Sandhill Cranes in flight at the Monte Vista NWR, Colorado. It’s always fun to make the two hour drive from Taos to Monte Vista. The National Wildlife Refuge is just south of the town of Monte Vista in the eastern San Luis Valley. There is plenty to see on the drive there and thousands of Sandhill Cranes are the payoff in the NWR at the end of the journey. That said … if we are lucky…  the sunset on the Sangre de Cristo mountains on the drive home really makes for a spectacular finish to a day of photography. The Sandhill Cranes will be flying through there again in early March. That’s when we’ll make another trip north to spend time with them. Thanks for looking.

Sandhill Cranes at the Monte Vista NWR, Colorado.

Sandhill Cranes Monte Vista NWR

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 difficult to make a good image in the National Wildlife Refuge. These Northern Pintail 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. I got to watch and enjoy the moment and create a few compositions of the scene. Reviewing the image later, I recalled if nothing else, the peacefulness of the moment when I saw the emerge from the reeds and Marsh grasses.