Hope everyone had a nice break…

Welcome back.  Sorry it’s been so long.  I took a great trip a while back.  Outdoor Photography Magazine listed Bosque Del Apache as on of their 25 best nature drives in  the country.

I would have to agree.

One of the biggest treats of the Bosque is the natural hot springs have been diverted to create wetlands as a refuge for migratory birds every winter.  Sandhill cranes, Canadian geese, Snow geese, different types of ducks,  all sorts of waterfowl make this their winter home.

I guess that’s the nice thing about hobbies…  They put you into places where you wouldn’t ordinarily be, at times you wouldn’t think of being outside, or even awake.  To witness the majesty of Bosque Del Apache in the winter, you have to be in place before the sun rises.  Dress warm, it is incredibly cold.   If you find yourself in the neighborhood of San Antonio, NM, (90 miles South of Albuquerque on I-25, 10 miles South of Socorro, NM), the refuge is a great place to see.  Make your way out to one of the flight decks, or just grab a piece of shoreline around the marsh and listen for the birds, the closer to sunrise, the more noise.

Just after dawn, and just before the first full light of the day, one of the geese will give out a yell, then others will follow, and then in one glorious display of chaos…  all of the geese will take to flight in one instant.  Just imagine, each goose weighing approximately 10 to 15 lbs.  Approximately 2,000 geese in the air at the same time, What is that?  Somewhere in the neighborhood of 20,000 to 30,000 lbs. of gooseflesh in the air at exactly the same time?

A word of warning.  Geese taking of en masse can be a bit disorienting, and noone knows exactly which way they’ll fly.  So, if a few happen to fly overhead, DO NOT LOOK UP!!!  If you’ve ever seen the seagull display at Sea World, you’ll understand what I’m saying.  One of the early morning photographers was given a token of appreciation from an overhead passing goose.  If I was a believer in omens, I believe this gentleman will have a prosperous year judging by the green substance that fell on him from the sky above.  That, or he was just standing in the wrong place at the right time.

I thought it was impressive.

Here are a few stills I shot.

Bosque Sunrise

A few cranes

Get in line

Symphony of chaos

A little less disorder

Safety in numbers

and closure...

Hope you enjoyed the pix.

If anyone is wondering, the camera used for the stills is a Canon T2i, except for the first pic, that was taken with a Canon S95.

Dewayne

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17 comments


  1. Dewayne, I have never been to New Mexico I thought it was just a giant sandy desert. Your photos make me think twice about that.
    Scott Sylvan Bell
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  2. Wow you have some nice photos. I really like to see the outdoor nature shots.

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  3. The wonder of your photos is that they make me want to go where you have been….
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  4. DeWayne,
    You are an amazing photographer.

  5. Rachel Robinson

    DeWayne
    These pictures are fantastic. It looks absolutely beautiful there and makes me want to plan a trip right away!

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  6. Does this happen every morning? Love the chaos photo. Rather interesting for me to say since my business is organization! But still a cool photo; looks like a painting. The top photo would make a great jigsaw puzzle.

    Peggy Larson
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  7. Wow! Great pictures and great country to shoot them in. I’m on the cusp of picking up a digital SLR and so am looking forward to learning more from you.

    Steve C.

  8. Durn it, been through Albuquerque several times, wish I had heard of Bosque Del Apache sooner. Amazing pictures!

  9. Eva

    Great pictures!
    I see the importance of choosing a good hobby/obsession! You can see a completely different world!

  10. Thank you for sharing the beautiful momements!

  11. Hi Dewayne,

    Well, if it means that you take THOSE photographs, then the BREAK in blog posting is worth the wait!

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    April Braswell
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  12. you are definitely gifted and great pics. Would love to drive across country and make a stop in New Mexico

    Jen B
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  13. I’m not someone who knows much of anything about art, let alone what it takes to be an artist, but I know what I like and these pictures are breathtaking.

  14. Good topic – many of us have struggled to make the change to digital. Of course it’s hugely advantageous (I can’t remember how we managed with film!) but so much to learn – it will be good to get hints and tips in bite-sized chunks via your blogs.

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  15. Great advice about not looking up when geese fly overhead 🙂

    Your photos make me want to do a road trip to New Mexico!

    Michael

  16. Simply amazing photographs. Thanks for sharing such incredible information on this wonderful part of New Mexico.

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  17. Dewayne,
    Beautifull pictures and beatifull place! Wish I could be there now!