When I was out at Beaver Point just before sunset last night, I could see the clouds were really wild looking to the southeast, and I would get much better photos from the south bend about a quarter-mile downriver. I hightailed it south and along the way heard the owlets peeping in the cottonwoods between 4th of July Point and South Bend, but I could not see them. I got down to South Bend in time for some spectacularly wild clouds with the half-moon hanging behind them. On my way backed I looked for the owlets, but could not find them in the trees. There was still a lot of color in the clouds when I got to the Tangle Heart Tree, but the color had pretty much subsided to the east when I got to Shehanne’s tree on my way back home.
Looking east over the Rio Grande a the Sandias from South Bend.
A half-moon peaking through the Tangle-Heart Tree.
The last of the color looking north from the Tangle Heart Tree. Can you see a face in the clouds?
This is the last available Cottonwood on our property.
Juniper in the bosque about a half mile north of our property.
Big, old classic Cottonwood about a mile north of our property. It is great in sunsets, but I don’t make it up that far very often in the wintertime.
Young cottonwood on the way to Beaver Point. It has a good shape, and can be photographed from multiple angles to include the Sandias to the east and sunsets to the west.
Classic Cottonwood between the irrigation ditch and clearwater ditch about 300 feet north of our property. Can be photographed from multiple sides and looks great in sunsets.
This Cottonwood is between the irrigation ditch and clearwater ditch east of our property. You can see Teagan’s trees on the southern edge of our property to the left in the background. Good multiple views and sunset photos.
Fruit trees on the property. The first photo is the peach tree with the 5 on 1 plum tree on the right. Then second photo (top right) shows the nectarine behind the peach tree, and 5 on 1 plum tree. The third photo (bottom right) shows the cherry tree in the foreground, one of the apple trees on the right, the nectarine tree behind in the center and the peach tree on the left.
The temperature never rose above freezing today. I walked out to Beaver Point right before sunset, and a group of cranes were hanging out in the Rio Grande, wading around fluffed up to keep warm. There was a lone Canadian goose hanging with the cranes, and a duck floated by and then took off.