Rio Grande Goose

Canada goose on the Rio Grande near Pilar, NM

Sometimes a bird is just a bird

Another shot from last weekend’s visit to Orilla Verde on the Rio Grande River near Pilar, this time a Canada goose. We saw a number of them in the canyon, along with a beaver dam in a side channel and three kinds of ducks: mallards, buffleheads, plus one I have yet to identify. It’s so amazing to be able to drive for 15 minutes and find real live waterfowl in the terrible high desert. This is also a good place to spot bald eagles when they’re around. I’ve even seen a couple of herons.

These same creatures occasionally turn up even closer to our rented adobe on the hillside. The beaver dams on the Rio Grande del Rancho off NM 518, just a couple of miles away, have created a rather extensive area of wetlands. I stepped outside to get some firewood one evening a few weeks ago and saw a small “V” of Canada geese heading in that direction. Coming here from Maryland as we did—where many thousands of them winter over—it was quite a shock to hear their calls.

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John Hamilton Farr lives in Taos, New Mexico, U.S.A. with his classical pianist wife. “Possibly the only place I can get away with this,” he says. As New York Times best-selling author James C. Moore (Bush’s Brain) put it in a review of John’s first book, Buffalo Lights is the work of a man attuned to the world who sees it differently than you and I and writes about it with a language and a vision of life that is impossible to ignore.” John is the author of BUFFALO LIGHTS, TAOS SOUL, ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE, and THE HELEN CHRONICLES. He has been publishing online since 1996 (Zoo Zone, Farr Site, MacFaust, GRACK!, FarrFeed) and blogs regularly here at JHFARR.COM. See also → John’s Twitter profile, Amazon Author Page, video channel at YouTube, and website photos at SmugMug. To email John, please see CONTACT INFO on About page.  

  • Susan Haubert March 6, 2013, 6:02 AM

    You have taken yet another beautiful picture.

    • JHF March 6, 2013, 8:56 AM

      Why, thank you! Always a pleasure to hear.

  • mj March 6, 2013, 8:02 AM

    Love the picture! I’m not kidding, photography is definitely your strong point!

    • JHF March 6, 2013, 8:54 AM

      Have you read the books or past articles on FarrFeed? 🙂 Also, I’m currently in New Mexico. All anyone has to do is pick up a camera and shoot! But I do thank you very much. While I’m strictly an amateur, the photos mean a lot to me. Glad you’re enjoying them, and I am looking into ways to monetize this.

  • Ian March 8, 2013, 10:14 AM

    Have you looked into into the stock photo houses regarding monetization? There are plenty of them around.

    • JHF March 8, 2013, 12:11 PM

      Actually, SmugMug’s arrangement looks pretty good for selling prints, etc. Hadn’t thought about the stock photo outfits.

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