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December 2010


I have been pursuing this guy for a couple of years now. Like many of his ilk, he doesn’t like company too much. He’s often on the suet feeders in the back yard but hard to catch. This morning I went outside to fill the feeders and I thought I heard hammering. I wondered who […]

More morning shots from the Bosque

These were taken on the last day at dawn on our recent trip. I decided to avoid the flight deck on this morning and settled in on the west side of the main pond inside the BDA. The emerging colors were great. Most were still asleep, so it was calm and quiet too. After an […]


On our final day, our great hosts Jim and Jana (and the Monkey) suggested that we visit Bernardo on the way back to ABQ. We did and we loved it. The birds were up close and personal. This shot gives one an idea of how many there were. They were abundant. They were everywhere. In […]

Sunday morning at the BDA

Those who know me know (I hope) that I am a spiritual person. I have a deep appreciation for God’s creation and the marvels of the universe. BDA at sunrise is a good example. Even though I am not overly excited about the images, the experience was amazing. I arrived at about 6:10 to the […]

The Bosque (day two – the PM)

8,000 Cranes and a Monkey Saturday afternoon was beautiful at the Bosque. The light was fantastic, the birds were everywhere and a friend from Fred Miranda (Will aka Trenchmonkey) joined us. What a country! I loved the dancing cranes! What amazing light! This guy seemed interested in announcing his arrival. Even Trenchmonkey who has been […]

Dancing Cranes B&B and San Antonio, NM

When I first booked our trip to the Bosque, I reserved a room in Socorro (15 miles away). I stayed in Socorro last year on my Bosque scouting mission. After looking around for other options, it was suggested that I call the Dancing Cranes Guest House and Gallery. I talked to Jim and he told […]

Mary with the Mark II at o’dark thirty

John decided I should try my hand at bird photography on our trip to the Bosque del Apache. Talk about baptism by fire! He set me up with a tripod, his Canon 5DII and a 70-200mm zoom lens (and then the 300mm) and turned me loose. Luckily, the fancy equipment does all the heavy lifting. […]

The Bosque (day two – the AM)

We arose at o’dark thirty Saturday AM and drove down the the Bosque (15 minutes). We arrived before sunrise and were joined by a few other hardened photographers. The first light was almost pink. Many of the cranes were still asleep with their heads buried under their wings. As it started to lighten up, the […]

Destination Photography – Bosque del Apache

We are well aware of (and practice frequently) destination dining and destination golf. This weekend we are experiencing destination photography. Not that I don’t always take the camera with me, and not that the photographic appeal of a location doesn’t affect my interest in traveling there, but this is the first time (day trips notwithstanding) […]