Canada geese

Everything’s Alive

Monte Vista NWR

Oh what sounds they made

There’s nothing I like better than glowing happy birds. Well, glowing happy anything, I guess. This is another shot from Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge taken on our trip last Thursday. I’m still buzzed, as anyone can tell. Public lands forever, chilluns! This is what it means.

Peak Life

Monte Vista NWR

Makes no difference who you are

What a trip we had today, and this is part of it—ninety miles to Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge in southern Colorado to see the cranes. Almost all of these are Canada geese, but please look closely. Just the other side of the road from here (turn 180°), there were sandhill cranes to the horizon! [...]

Thursday on the Rio Grande

Rio Grande at Pilar, NM

Looking downstream from Pilar, NM as a shower moves across the canyon

This is the sort of thing we do on Thanksgiving, drive to a beautiful place and blow our minds. Yesterday we drove down to Pilar, less than twenty minutes away, just before the rain and sleet rolled in. I took this shot more or less in the middle of the place—not that you’d know, right—with [...]

Rio Grande Geese

Canada geese on the Rio Grande near Pilar, NM

Downstream is left!

You’re looking at Canada geese and what may be a pair of goldeneyes moving upstream in the background. It’s such a kick to see these here. What you can’t see is how high the cliffs are above this scene. Think eight hundred feet plus and you’ll be close. The gorge is even deeper farther north; [...]

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 [...]

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