This image is one of very few that I have ever made at Bosque del Apache NWR that doesn’t have a crane, or at least some kind of bird in it. We were driving the loop on the second day, and we hadn’t seen very many birds of any kind. We were just drifting along at a steady 10 mph keeping an eye open for anything to photograph.
Just as we were coming to the connector road about half way through the loop, I saw this scene out the driver’s window. I had driven past this place many times before, but it had never had this dreamlike quality about it. The light was beautiful, and the clouds cloaking the mountains in the background gave the image a very intimate feel. I made five exposures, and settled on this one as my pick.
Equipment: Nikon D200, Nikon 17–35 mm f 2.8 zoom lens, Hoya 81A warming filter.
Camera settings: f 22, 1/30th sec. ISO 500
Processing: Contrast, clarity, and vibrance adjustments in Lightroom. Curves in Photoshop.