We celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary today. We went for a walk in the bosque, Laurie barbequed ribs and we sat out on the deck and ate dinner while the owls serenaded us with their hooting back and forth in the bosque. After dinner, we walked out to see the owlets. They had flown about 100 yards south of the Tangle Heart Tree. They are starting to fly really well. The moon was popping in and out of the clouds, and the skies were dramatic. Click on the photos to see a larger view.
We had a warm, sunny, slightly windy afternoon. The foliage along the Rio Grande is preparing for spring, creating beautiful layers of intense colors.
Cranes’ Law: Cranes will double in number every few minutes from 2 to 4 to 8 and then there will be a crowd of cranes in the shallows.
If you take a left past Holly’s Tangle-Heart Tree, followed by a few hops, a dozen skips and a great big jump, you will be on the west bank of Rio Grande where, especially at sunset, you will see a magical view of the Sandias with the river flowing by in the foreground. In the shallows of the river, this time of year, you will see Sandhill Cranes. There were two cranes in the shallows when made the final jump as the sun slipped behind the horizon. I photographed cranes circling and landing south of me, and the last of the red blaze on the Sandias. I turned to look at what the two carnes were doing and there were four cranes. A few minutes later more cranes flew in, then more flew in until there was a crowd of cranes in standing in front of me in the shallows of the river.
As many as 28.
I walked out to beaver point just before sundown. Clouds in the western sky were bursting out of a hole where the sun peeked through.
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.