Monthly Archives: February 2011

A Visit to Rinconada Canyon

Recently Bosque Bill and I decided to go for a walk in Rinconada Canyon in Petroglyph National Monument. It was a beautiful day, although not particularly filled with birds. The petroglyphs, however, are spectacular.

The path that we took runs along the edge of the volcano escarpment.

Rinconda Canyon, Petroglyph National Monument.

Rinconda Canyon, Petroglyph National Monument.

The landscape is very rugged.

Rugged volcanic landscape

Rugged volcanic landscape

Looking to the east you can see Albuquerque, and even farther to the east you can see the Sandia Mountains.

Looking to the east toward the Sandias.

Looking to the east toward the Sandias.

The scenery is striking, but it is the petroglyphs, images made by native people by pecking or chipping pictures into the rock, that are the main attraction.

Petroglyph grouping

Petroglyph grouping

This one looks like an alien. Perhaps he got lost on the way to Roswell.

An alien?

An alien?

An interesting Petroglyph grouping featuring a snake.

Petroglyph grouping

Petroglyph grouping

These grazing sheep or goats don’t seem to notice the snake.

Grazing sheep or goats.

Grazing sheep or goats.

This impressive fellow was likely carved by a later resident of the area.

Petroglyph

Petroglyph

Is this snake attacking a person?

Snake attack!

Snake attack!

This coyote seems a bit outmatched.

Coyote and snake.

Coyote and snake.

I like the way this face is made on two sides of the rock.

Two-faced

Two-faced

We saw petroglyph birds…

Dancers and a soaring bird.

Dancers and a soaring bird.

A bird on the ground.

A bird on the ground.

… and a few real birds too, although most were too far away for good photos.

Rock Wren

Rock Wren

White-crowned Sparrow.

White-crowned Sparrow.

Petroglyph National Monument includes volcanoes, archeological sites and thousands of carved images. It is a fascinating place.

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A New Mexican in Florida-Part V

Perhaps the most beautiful place I visited on my trip to Florida was Canaveral National Seashore, a beautiful, 24-mile-long strip of pristine, undisturbed beach on the east coast of Florida. It was a beautiful day, and the white sand and azure water were stunning.

Looking over the dune at the water.

Looking over the dune at the water.

View of the beach with two beachcombers.

View of the beach.

Some readers may recognize the distant beachcombers.

Donna and Dawn walk on the beach.

Donna and Dawn walk on the beach.

There were a number of people fishing in the surf …

Surf fisher

Surf fisher

… but this guy seemed to be by far the most successful.

Surf fisher with whiting catch.

Surf fisher with whiting catch.

There were surfers enjoying the waves.

Surfer wipe-out

Surfer wipe-out

I loved watching the little Sanderlings busily foraging at the edge of the surf.

Sanderling foraging on the beach.

Sanderling foraging on the beach.

This Boat-tailed Grackle appeared to be in charge of the dunes.

Boat-tailed Grackle.

Boat-tailed Grackle.

An Osprey flew overhead …

Osprey

Osprey flying overhead.

… and a fishing boat motored slowly by in the deeper water.

Fishing boat

Fishing boat

We were reluctant to leave …

Lovely Dawn

Lovely Dawn

… but we had birds to see and photographs to make.

Here is a short video of Canaveral National Seashore.

Readers who may have missed Parts I through IV of my Florida adventure can find them in my Photo Feathers blog. You will find Parts VI and VII there too.

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