This is actually old news; the images in this post were made in November. Other things have come and intervened and gone, so I am catching up with the past. One thing about photographing at Bosque del Apache: you never know what you’ll come away with.
Last year (2012) it was cold at sunrise; it took nearly four hours for all the birds to leave the pond. This year was different, with the temperatures barely below freezing, they were off the pond in less than two hours. So, things were happening pretty fast. These two sandhill cranes are in the process of taking off from the Chupadera Pond.
On the first evening, we photographed the fly in from the Flight Deck Pond. While we were waiting for the birds to arrive, I noticed these trees near the pond being lit by the setting sun. The water was still and smooth as glass. Another rorschach image.
I am a creature of habit I suppose. I have a routine that I follow while at the Bosque. When the morning fly out is over, I take a leisurely drive around both tour loops just to see what I can see. It’s on this drive that I usually find the herons, and this year I was not disappointed. I made this image of one catching his morning meal in the diversion channel on the west side of the refuge.
After crossing to the east side at the southern end of the loop, we came across this idyllic scene. The San Mateo Mountains provided just the right background the heron in the foreground was an added bonus.
These final images pretty much sum up the reasons I make my annual sojourn to Bosque del Apache: sandhill cranes and great blue herons.
They live in the wild, but at places like the Bosque where they are protected, we can rub elbows with them and catch a glimpse into their lives. I can’t imagine a life without a connection to such untamed beauty.
Awesome pictures Jim!
April 2, 2014 at 2:32 pm
April 6, 2014 at 9:15 am
Wooooooow amazing pictures of all the birds on Bosque del Apache Jim
April 2, 2014 at 2:48 pm
April 5, 2014 at 11:40 am
April 6, 2014 at 9:15 am
April 5, 2014 at 3:10 pm
Thank you Joanna.
April 6, 2014 at 9:14 am
Exquisite photos, Jim. I, too, cannot imagine life without parks and preserves, we are lucky in this country to still have them. Your photos make me want to go back to beautiful Bosque….
April 8, 2014 at 7:55 am
Wouuuuuuuuw merci 😉
April 22, 2014 at 1:05 pm
Really like the Crane shots, a wonderful set of images
April 22, 2014 at 4:29 pm
Unfassbar tolle Aufnahmen 😀
April 27, 2014 at 9:02 am
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May 3, 2014 at 4:07 am
What filter did you use on that second photo of the sandhill crane?
June 6, 2014 at 11:07 am
I didn’t use a filter.
June 17, 2014 at 10:18 am
The second photo–what a perfect reflection. Nature is an incredible artist.
June 9, 2014 at 1:31 am
Bosque-morning is the picture I liked most. The beaty of the river against the desert and the mountains are just awesome. On other hand the two cranes taking off is nice but the brightness of the lake in the back ground spoil a bit from the birds. Thanks for sharing.
July 31, 2014 at 10:48 am
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August 7, 2014 at 11:09 am