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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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Tuesday Turtles

I recently stopped by the Rio Grande Nature Center In Albuquerque, New Mexico to see what was going on there. I enjoyed the Red-eared Sliders and Painted Turtles basking in the sun at the Visitor’s Center pond.

Red-eared Sliders at the Rio Grande Nature Center

Red-eared Sliders at the Rio Grande Nature Center


Red-eared Sliders at the Rio Grande Nature Center

Red-eared Sliders at the Rio Grande Nature Center

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Wordless Wednesday

Common Sunflower


Common Snowberry


Jimsonweed fruit


Wild Holly


Red Sage


Prickly-pear cactus with ripe tunas


New Mexico Native Squash

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A Sunday Bike Ride in the Bosque

It was a beautiful weekend in New Mexico. I went for a bike ride on both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday I forgot to take my camera with me, but I remembered it on Sunday. These photos were taken with a little Canon point-and-shoot that fits in my biking jersey pocket.

After I had finished my serious riding I detoured into the Aldo Leopold Forest Area near the Rio Grande Nature Center. There were many Wilson’s Warblers in the trees near the river and I saw a Green-tailed Towhee in the underbrush, but my little camera was not up to the task of photographing small, active birds. Fortunately this Western Fence Lizard posed for me on an old fallen cottonwood.

Western Fence Lizard


Western Fence Lizard, Another Look


Afterwards I walked through the Rio Grande Nature Center where I saw turtles, Mallards and Canada Geese at the Nature Center blind.

Turtles and a Mallard, Rio Grande Nature Center


There were quite a few Black-chinned Hummingbirds at the Nature Center feeders. I was very happy to be able to get a few decent images with the point and shoot.

Black-chinned Hummingbirds, Rio Grande Nature Center


Female Black-chinned Hummingbird, Rio Grande Nature Center


As I rode back along Rio Grande Boulevard I saw literally thousands of little yellow Clouded Sulphur butterflies in an alfalfa field.

Clouded Sulphur Butterfly


The sight of all the little butterflies was so lovely that I took a slightly shaky point-and-shoot video of them.

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Wandering Wednesday-A Bike Ride in the Rio Grande Bosque

On Sunday morning I set off for a bike ride in the Rio Grande Bosque. It was a lovely day, and I took some photos with my little point and shoot camera.





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