Mallards on the Rio Grande… What many wouldn’t realize is that this scene is down inside a canyon. Just a short way from here, the cliffs are 800 feet high! That means it’s sheltered from the wind and warmer just from being lower. The rocks hold and give off a little heat, the river adds humidity, and what we have is an ecologically unique more temperate zone along the river. A river at the bottom of a rift, where the tectonic plates are pulling apart.
We see lots of waterfowl there this time of year: Canada geese, buffleheads, mallards, and other ducks. Sometimes there are eagles, and I’ve seen a few herons. How can this not impress, in the middle of the terrible high desert?