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Afternoon on the Rio Grande

Rio Grande near Pilar, NM

At the bottom of an eight hundred foot deep canyon!

The image is from nine days ago. I thought I’d post it before actual winter shows up and all hell breaks loose. That’s all, just the Rio Grande. (“Just” the Rio Grande, sure.) Enjoy and have a pleasant Sunday afternoon!

Pilar, New Mexico

Pilar, NM

Only the sound of the water

Just look at all that water! This is the Rio Grande as seen from “downtown” Pilar—you’re looking downstream—and what a sight it is. There are homes on both sides of the river. We often imagine what it would be like to live here if we could: peaceful, certainly, and rather isolated. Taos is twenty minutes [...]

Gorge Mallard

mallard in flight

No marsh, this

I could have taken this anywhere there are ducks, I suppose. But this is 800 feet below the level of the surrounding landscape at the bottom of the Rio Grande Gorge just north of Pilar. Up at the top, it’s sagebrush, piñon, juniper, and cactus. The weird thing is that you can go hiking far [...]

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 [...]

Down by the River

path along the Rio Grande

Path through salt cedars and willows

Down by the river and there’s just me making my way while the way makes me »Buy This Photo!«

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