Monday, April 20, 2009

Bosque Del Apache

Located between Albuquerque and Las Cruces, Bosque Del Apache is a national wildlife reserve in the valley of the Rio Grande River in New Mexico. Tens of thousands of migrating geese, cranes and ducks make it their winter home. Extending across the valley for 57,191 acres, this wildlife reserve is 4,500 to 6,272 feet above sea level.

Staff grow winter wheat, corn and clover to supplement the native plants for food for the visitors. Local farmers grow alfalfa and corn, harvesting the alfalfa and leaving the corn for the birds.

These photographs were made one sunset last December, right before Christmas, by Southern California wildlife photographer Chris Mayne.

1 comment:

High Desert Diva said...

The first photo doesn't even look real...beautiful