Back To The Bosque

My first visit to Bosque del Apache over a decade ago left such a lasting impression on me that I have returned nearly every year since. Each Thanksgiving finds me headed to New Mexico migrating, like the birds, for a short visit. Each visit brings new and wonderful experiences and photo opportunities. With more birds than they have had in years, the photo opps have been plentiful.

From the morning blast off when tens of thousands of snow geese take to the air at once in a chaotic orchestra of sight and sound that threaten to overload the senses to the point you have to remember to bring your camera to you eye and fire…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 24-120mm f4 VR

After the blast off we head to the “Crane” pools to capture flight shots as the Sandhill Cranes (numbering over 14,000 this year) depart for the farm fields to munch on corn, alfalfa and this year barley that was donated to the refuge to sustain the birds when the corn crop failed…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 600mm f4 VR

The snow geese count is higher than I have seen in years (over 56,000 as of the 23rd of Nov) and when the wind and light come together the magic happens…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 600mm f4 VR


Nikon D3S with AF-S 600mm f4 VR, TC-17E II

I always find time to visit New Mexico Tech at least once to photograph the Wigeons that hang out in the pond on campus…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 600mm f4 VR

Once the light begins to fade rather than packing it in right away, we take time to work on our panning skills with slow shutter speeds creating blur pans…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 600mm f4 VR, TC-14E II

You would think that after a long day we would call it a night to download images and prep for the next day but if the skies are clear, it doesn’t take much to entice me back out into the dark to work the night skies photographing star trails or the Milky Way…


Nikon D3S with AF-S 14-24mm 2.8

An enthusiastic group of adventures arrives tomorrow and after a mere two days here, I know that we will have an amazing time trying to capture the magic that is Bosque del Apache. Stay tuned.