Golden Day on the Rio Grande

Canada geese on the Rio Grande near Pilar, NM

Mallards and goldeneyes behind the geese

What an incredible visit to the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument today. A bald eagle flew right over our heads, and afterwards we spotted two more. It could have been the same one, I suppose, but thinking we saw three eagles feels a whole lot better. We also saw several kinds of ducks, numerous Canada geese, and a great blue heron. Before we left the canyon at Pilar, my wife spotted a herd of twenty-one bighorn sheep feeding on the slope of the opposite bank. We’ve never seen so many all at once.

Today was overwhelming. The beauty was staggering, and almost no one else was there. I was able to stop the car right in the road and take as many pictures as I wanted. I must be doing something right.

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