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Turtles on Tuesday-Painted Turtles

“Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.”

Painted Turtle

Painted Turtle

Painted Turtles

Painted Turtles sunning on a log.

Painted Turtle.

Painted Turtle, a fine rear view.

Painted Turtles

Colorful Painted Turtles on a log.

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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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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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