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Corrales Sunrise

I never tire of watching the sunrise from my patio.

Sunrise seen from my patio in Corrales, New Mexico.

Sunrise seen from my patio in Corrales, New Mexico.


Sunrise over the Sandias seen from my patio in Corrales, New Mexico.

Sunrise over the Sandias seen from my patio in Corrales, New Mexico.


Sunrise through the cottonwoods seen from my patio in Corrales, New Mexico.

Sunrise through the cottonwoods seen from my patio in Corrales, New Mexico.


Sunrise through the cottonwoods seen from my patio in Corrales, New Mexico.

Sunrise through the cottonwoods, another perspective.

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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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Sandia Wildflowers

Last weekend when Bosque Bill and I went out in search of Three-toed Woodpeckers, we found that the Sandia Mountain wildflowers were blooming everywhere as a result of the monsoon rains.

Red Elderberries

Red Columbine

Harebells

Orange Agoceris

Wild Geraniums

Mountain Asters

Orange Mountain Daisy

Cut-leaved Coneflower

Rocky Mountain Penstemon

Indian Paintbrush

Wildflowers and Painted Lady Butterfly

It was a beautiful day for a walk in the mountains!

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