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Weekly Photo Challenge – Changing Seasons


Hi everyone – just back from the spectacular change of season phenomena at the Bosque Del Apache in New Mexico.  The coming of the winter season brings the migration of tens of thousands of birds to this incredible refuge.  One of the other things it brings are amazing sunrises and sunsets.  There is a daily ritual for the visiting photographers to get up before the sun to get out to the refuge to photograph first the gathering and then the departure of the snow geese against the dawn colors.  At just before sunrise, the horizon fills with thousands of geese against the vivid colors in the east.  They fly in to join the other thousands of geese already on the “flight deck” pond.   After saying hello to all their friends, they all launch again to go feed in the neighboring fields around the refuge.  Here’s a shot of some of the geese flying in.  It doesn’t really do it justice – picture this across the entire horizon and going on for a solid 20-30 minutes!

The red dawn of the snow geese "fly-in"

The red dawn of the snow geese “fly-in”

24 responses

  1. Reblogged this on a.little.bit.lost.

    December 9, 2012 at 8:39 am

  2. WOW ! 🙂

    December 9, 2012 at 8:48 am

    • HuM – Thanks! Thats was exactly my reaction the first morning.

      December 9, 2012 at 9:09 am

  3. That is an absolutely beautiful photo. Thank you!

    December 9, 2012 at 9:12 am

  4. oh my gosh – what a magnificent capture!

    December 9, 2012 at 10:46 am

  5. Steve Deutsch

    Coincidentally, we went to the sd repertory last night and saw a very funny show..reduced christmas. the playbill had a short article about the photos that i saw yesterday in gallery 21 , spanish village.

    December 9, 2012 at 12:11 pm

  6. Steve Deutsch

    liked the photo.

    December 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm

  7. Very nice Scott, Bosque is one of the places I hope to see and photograph one day.

    December 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    • Thanks Jeff. I highly recommend it. I was there for 2 and a half days and certainly wasn’t bored. I’m sure some of the photos ill post may tempt you 🙂

      December 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm

  8. Amazing picture!

    December 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    • Thanks Juliane! It is truly an amazing place and experience.

      December 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm

  9. Beautiful!

    December 9, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    • TRS – thanks – it was a chilly way to spend the morning but it turned wonderous as the geese appeared on sunrise horizon

      December 10, 2012 at 9:15 am

  10. Reblogged this on pensamiento amplio and commented:
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    December 9, 2012 at 11:18 pm

  11. Spectacular image and post, Scott. Some Canada Geese are still practicing flight formation and haven’t migrated yet. First BIG snowfall this weekend at the lake, but they must know something we don’t … another mild winter, perhaps.

    December 10, 2012 at 6:44 am

    • Cheryl,
      We saw several flocks of dozens of Canadian Geese but they were in the minority with the snow geese and cranes dominating the population. Maybe the geese are just as confused by the changing climate as many humans appear to be…. 🙂

      December 10, 2012 at 9:23 am

  12. Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge : Changing Seasons « Cheryl Andrews

    • Thanks Cheryl – I like your B&W photo of the dock – I can feel the chill. I also like your animated snowfall!

      December 10, 2012 at 9:26 am

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