Fine Art Images from the American Southwest

Bosque del Apache, National Wildlife Refuge, San Antonio, NM

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Bosque del Apache, National Wildlife Refuge, San Antonio, NM. Marsh grasses abound in one of the greatest wildlife refuges in the country. Look it up. You will find the Bosque del Apache is the number one place to see Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese in their winter playground in south central New Mexico. Thanks for looking. G

Bosque del Apache marsh plants

Valdez, New Mexico, Church Of San Antonio

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Valdez, New Mexico, the Church of San Antonio in this little mountain village. The snow piled up during the last snow storm. A local in the village told us that they measured 28 inches of snow during the last storm. Some of it has been pushed up against the corner of the building. The rest of the snow is fast turning the dirt roads to mud! Welcome to New Mexico in the spring. It is a beautiful building, proudly attended to by the members of the community of Valdez. Thanks for looking. G

Valdez, New Mexico, Church Of San Antonio

San Antonio Mountain Corral

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San Antonio Mountain, corral. We stopped at the old corral, buried in the drifting snow and slab ice along highway 285 in northern New Mexico. San Antonio (Bear Mountain) mountain is reputed to be the largest free standing mountain in the 48 states. Free standing, not part of any mountain chain. An extinct volcano, it rises prominently in the Taos Volcanic plateau field. From this location we can see many of the old volcanos scattered across the plateau. It was 13 degrees with a wind chill. Still, the sun was warm on our faces. Thanks for looking. Stay warm. G

San Antonio Mountain Corral

Great Blue Heron, Bosque del Apache

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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

Javelina Tribe, Bosque Del Apache

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Javelina Tribe, on the road in Bosque Del Apache. I’ve only ever seen a single Javelina in the past. These were a few of a larger tribe on this day in the National Wildlife Refuge. They came out of the brush, went into the brush, came back out of the brush and returned to the brush one more time, and then they were gone! Thanks for looking. G

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Bosque Del Apache Reflections

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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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Bosque Marsh, Mountain Dawn

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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

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Great Blue Heron, Bosque del Apache

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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