Winter Fisherman – Featured

If you look closely you’ll find the fisherman. This image was featured in “Images that Excite” on Fine Art America.

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Winter fisherman on the Rio Grande, New Mexico.

Winter fishing in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument is just as rewarding as summer fishing with the added luxury of having the place to yourself. The Rio Grande of Northern New Mexico slices the volcanic Taos Plateau and offers a unique outdoor experience to all who venture in. Evidence of ancient use is found throughout the area in the form of petroglyphs, prehistoric dwelling sites, and many other types of archaeological sites.

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Bighorn Sheep Headshots

These headshots were taken as I hiked the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument of New Mexico in search of what Mother Nature provides.

New Mexico bighorn sheep historically speaking have never been widespread in the Northern part of the Land of Enchantment. There’s documented evidence of New Mexico bighorn sheep in White Rock Canyon, the Manzano Mountains and the Pecos and Wheeler Peak Wilderness areas. By the early 20th century, the bighorn had been essentially wiped out due to hunting and diseases brought in state by domestic livestock.

In 2006, 25 sheep were captured in the Pecos Wilderness and transported to public land on the West Rim of the Rio Grande Gorge, thus joining 23 bighorn sheep already in place across the Rio Grande on Taos Pueblo Tribal Lands. According to Pam Herrera-Olivas, in 2007, a wildlife biologist for the BLM’s Taos Field Office, “the new herd produced 12 lambs this spring, and they’re in excellent health.”

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BMW 100 S ~ Image of the Week

This image was taken while I attended Sipapu, New Mexico’s, Bavarian Mountain Motorcycle Rally in 2016.
The BMW R100S is at its best on long, fast hauls, where it can get into its long-legged stride and where the handling is a delight. This motorcycle has particularly good handling on mountain roads.

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Deer Creek Double Waterfall ~ Featured

Waterfall Featured on Pixels.com and Fine Art America

This waterfall image has been featured in three different photography groups on Fine Art America and PIXELS.com. This lovely work is featured on the home page of The 200 Club, Grand Canyon National Park and Images That Excite, groups in which only a select few are featured.

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Deer Creek has cut a short, deep canyon within the Grand Canyon National Park more specifically know as the Deer Creek Narrows. I approached this unique natural wonder by raft via the Colorado River. Starting at Lee’s Ferry, traveling 137 river miles over 14 days, I camped on the rivers edge across from Deer Creek Falls. A trail just downstream of the falls heads up to the narrows through the Tapeats Sandstone. The waterfall in the upper portion of the photograph is the first of several as the water enters the narrows section and joins the Colorado River below.

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Deer Creek waterfall in the Grand Canyon, Arizona.Note that the watermark will not be on any print purchased.

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Plaza Blanca (The White Place), New Mexico

Although on private land, the Dar Al Islam education center and mosque welcomes visitors who wish to hike and view the awe inspiring landscapes. This landscape is best known from some of Georgia O’Keeffe’s painting or maybe from the many motion pictures which have used it as a backdrop. This landscape lies in a valley of the Rio Chama hills near the village of Abiquiu. O’Keeffe made a series of paintings about the area she called “The White Place”, or in Spanish “Plaza Blanca”.

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The entrance sign to the Plaza Blanca, New Mexico.“You are welcome to enjoy the Plaza Blanca, White Place. Because of it’s fragile shapes and forms, it is necessary to walk lightly on the lands.”

The entrance trail.There’s more than one direction to hike into the area but this well worn path seemed to be the most popular.

The central drainage of the plaza.The trail leads into the main drainage of the plaza which shows signs of serious flash floods and erosion.

Cottonwood trees grow in the central drainage.Enough water is captured in the central drainage to support the needs of New Mexico cottonwood trees.

Close-up of the light colored rock of the White Place.A close-up of the fragile rock on the way to one of the slot canyons.

Hard rock close-up of Plaza Blanca.After some research about “The White Place” the rock of it’s formations and slots is white limestone.

Hiking one of the slots.The water carved slots invite you in for a bit of exploring.

The climb up and out.If you don’t have climbing skills you might consider turning around here, the next on is a real doozy.

Water carved landscape.The softer layers erode into bizarre formations.

They are called hoodoos.The large, harder cap rock atop this hoodoo creates a cap on this limestone formation. The softer rock below the cap rock erodes faster.

The amazing architecture.The amazing architecture is all around.

The eroded landscape.The eroded landscape could make one think they were walking on the moon. Note the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of the Sante Fe National Forest can be seen in the background.

Limestone formation of the Plaza Blanca.The rocks in the foreground were of many types, granite, quartz, basalt and more. I wonder how they all got here?

The hoodoos on the White Place.More hoodoos.

Hoodoo landscape.Upon exiting be sure a look back.

Cholla cactus and the white limestone.The cholla cactus is just one of several varieties you must watch out for on you hike. So now it’s your turn to head out to Plaza Blanca for an awe inspiring afternoon hike.

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A Morning at the Bosque del Apache NWR

A morning at “The Bosque” requires a very early start!

The previous evening was spent in the refuge with much success both for wildlife, waterfowl and New Mexico’s spectacular light (images can be found here). The night was spent at the Best Western Hotel, a short walk from dinner and brews at the Socorro Springs Brewing Company. A predawn departure got us to the refuge shortly after first light, and this is what we found.

The Bosque del Apache is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service whose plan “is to provide habitat and protection for migratory birds and endangered species and provide the public with a high quality wildlife and educational experience”.

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A early morning Bobcat at the Bosque del Apache.Moments before sunrise at the beginning of the South Loop this Bobcat was spotted out on the prowl.

First light on a group of Pintail ducks.First light on a group of Pintail ducks.

This group of Sandhill Cranes were waiting for the morning thaw, their legs were frozen into the ice.This group of Sandhill Cranes were waiting for the thaw, their legs were frozen into the ice. A large flock of Snow Geese can be seen in the background, in flight, off to the day’s feeding grounds.

A small group of Mule Deer were found foraging in the brisk morning temperatures.A small group of Mule Deer were found foraging in the brisk morning temperatures.

The morning feeding grounds for some of the Sandhill Cranes.The morning feeding grounds for some of the Sandhill Cranes was in the corn fields specifically planted to provide nourishment these migrating birds.

Morning light on a Coopers Hawk.Morning light on a Coopers Hawk.  These swift and agile raptors are common in woodlands and can navigate through cluttered tree canopies in high speed pursuit of other birds.

Meadow Lark.The delightful melodic morning song of the Western Meadow Lark adds to a perfect sunrise. To take a listen go here.

Canada Geese on the North Loop.Canada Geese on the North Loop.

All Northern Harriers have a white rump patch that is obvious in flight.A frequently seen raptor, the Northern Harrier has a white rump patch that is obvious in flight. These raptors fly low over fields and marshes as they watch and listen for small animals.

View from the Flight Deck area.View from the Flight Deck area.

Bald Eagle on a perch.A favorite perch for the Bald Eagles is a large dead cottonwood in the marsh.

Northern Shoveler having a morning nap.A male Northern Shoveler taking a nap.

American Coot.The waterborne American Coot is one good reminder that not everything that floats is a duck. They’re close relatives of the gangly Sandhill Crane and rails.

The male is easy to identify by his striking markings and long tail.The male Pintail duck is easy to identify by his striking markings and long tail.

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An Evening at the Bosque del Apache NWR

Just one short evening at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge parades such a spectacle of sights, sounds, color and controlled chaos but before we get into that, a brief note on “The Bosque”.

The Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, known to locals as “The Bosque,” is 9 mi. south of Socorro, and about two and a half hours from New Mexico’s capitol city, Santa Fe. Snow Geese, Sandhill Cranes and other migrating birds from all over North America come to The Bosque to spend their winter and bask in fiery sunsets, blue skies and special light. Managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service whose plan “is to provide habitat and protection for migratory birds and endangered species and provide the public with a high quality wildlife and educational experience”.

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Snow Geese at the entrance.Arriving at 3:20 PM on December 4th we were greeted at the South Crane Pond with a murmuration Snow Geese.

Snow Geese on the water.A  white morph juvenile in front, a Blue morph juvenile in the middle and a white morph adult can be seen in the background.

Huge numbers of waterfowl on the water.Snow Geese prefer to travel with friends and family, foraging together on their wintering grounds for roots and tubers in muddy fields and marshes.

Single Snow Goose in the morning.A quick stretch before taking flight.

The Javelina of the Bosque del Apache.Javelina thrive in the Bosque, feeding on various native plants such as prickly pear, as well as roots, tubers, and other green vegetation.

Sandhill Cranes at their evening feeding grounds.Proceeding along the South Loop, one of the fields had a large group of Sandhill Cranes busy at their evening feeding ground.

Sandhill Crane flying overhead.Several flew directly overhead.

Mallard ducks high in New Mexico's skies.Mallard ducks overhead.

Cottonwood trees in the eveing light.The evening light added a golden hue to the already gold autumn colors.

Time to find a new spot for this Great Blue Heron.Watching Great Blue Heron hunting in the shallow water is always a pleasure. Get a little too close and off they go.

Northern Shoveler floats on the evening water of the Bosque del Apache.Northern Shoveler ducks are frequently seen here. Their distinctive elongated spoon shaped bill helps distinguish them from the other dabbling ducks.

Evening light at the Bosque del Apache.One  of the many ponds on the South Loop.

Kestrel perched on a large tree.There are several dead trees that provide perfect perches. Here an American Kestrel keeps a watchful eye for a quick snack.

Flock of Grackles on a high perch over water.As the light fades, a group of Common Grackles settle in for the night.

Sandhill Cranes ot sunset on the Bosque del Apache NWR.From the area of the Flight Deck, Sandhill Cranes continue to feed as darkness envelops The Bosque.

Sandhill Cranes at last light on the Bosque del Apache.….three hours later, 6 PM and the last light of the day brings color to the still water.

More information about the Bosque del Apache can be found at https://www.fws.gov/refuge/bosque_del_apache/

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Motorcycle Privilege – Featured

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Photography PrintsMotorcyclist are a special breed. While participating in a local event for motorcycle riders, I couldn’t stop myself from taking photographs, lots of photographs. This I thought was a somewhat humorous image because motorcyclist, myself included, feel that certain rules (signs) do not apply.  Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Deer Creek Double Waterfall – Featured

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The below image is now featured in two Fine Art America groups, Images That Excite and Grand Canyon National Park. Click here to view on my website.

Art PrintsDeer Creek has cut a short, deep canyon within the Grand Canyon National Park more specifically know as the Deer Creek Narrows. I approached this unique natural wonder by raft via the Colorado River. Starting at Lee’s Ferry, traveling 137 river miles over 14 days, I camped on the rivers edge across from Deer Creek Falls. A trail just downstream of the falls heads up to the narrows through the Tapeats Sandstone. The waterfall in the upper portion of the photograph is the first of several as the water enters the narrows section and joins the Colorado River below.

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Deer Creek Double Waterfall

Deer Creek has cut a short, deep canyon within the Grand Canyon National Park more specifically know as the Deer Creek Narrows. I approached this unique natural wonder by raft via the Colorado River. Starting at Lee’s Ferry, traveling 137 river miles over 14 days, I camped on the rivers edge across from Deer Creek Falls. A trail just downstream of the falls heads up to the narrows through the Tapeats Sandstone. The waterfall in the upper portion of the photograph is the first of several as the water enters the narrows section and joins the Colorado River below.

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