Every year for the last 4 years, while photographing the sandhill cranes I said “this is my last visit here.” But here I was again. How many photos of these birds can you want? There is always the lure of getting the perfect image. This year was warm weather but I prefer it freezing cold.
There are more than cranes in Bosque; such that the elusive Bobcat that everybody sees but me, the mule deer, a black morph of the snow geese and a great blue heron proudly displaying its late dinner meal.
Bosque is located in old highway 85 (NM 1) near the village of San Antonio. This road is paralleled by a railroad track and I was surprised to see a train with a Ferromex locomotive. I had never seen that company name in the USA; it turned out that it was Mexican train. I was lucky to be there a day when the Intermittent Tour Road was opened to traffic, I captured an image of a pond with red reeds; very unusual.
Most photographing at Bosque is done during sunrise and sunset when bird activity is more interesting and to take advantage of the early/late light that renders the best colors. During the middle of the day, I just wandered around the area where great landscapes and old buildings make great images. One day driving back to Socorro, I happened to run into a wonderful storm. And near Magdalena, found a ghost town where I had capture and HDR image of the now abandoned Riley School, and a stucco ruin with a wonderful window…I wonder who used to stare out of it? And I did not forget the indispensable odd house. Bosque and the old ruins around the desert make a great photographing trip. Will I go back next year?