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Down in Bosque

Friday, February 13th, 2009
Down in Bosque

I flew down to Albuquerque today via Salt Lake City.  Funny how, from the airport, Salt Lake City reminds me of Anchorage.  While standing there waiting at the airport for my connecting flight, I looked over and standing by a bank of phones along the wall – yes, there are still payphones out there – was Wes Studi.  He had been in Anchorage for a few days talking to the youth of Anchorage about the importance of having dreams and following them.  An admirer of his work over the years, I had to thank him for his visit to Anchorage and tell him how much I have enjoyed his many movies.  He was on his way back to his home in Santa Fe, an exceptionally beautiful part of New Mexico.  Me, I was heading to the southern part of the state to spend a few days photographing prior to the NANPA Summit in Alququerque. 

First stop, the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge south of the town of Socorro.  Considered one of the premiere birding locations in the United States (along with Gambell, Alaska, if you can believe that), it is a large wintering grounds for snow geese and sandhill cranes, among many other bird species.  The current population numbers are about 23,000 snow geese and 14,000 sandhill cranes.  I will be spending a few days here, shooting in the mornings and evenings, exploring different ponds and areas where the birds gather and move throughout the day.