Tuesday, November 20, 2007

New Mexico in Low Light

New Mexico is called The Land of Enchantment but it could just as easily be called The Land of Amazing Light. I can see now why photographers and artists come here to pursue their creative muses--the light goes from pale lemony to deep tangerine to milky blue and then back again in the course of a day. The air is clear and the vistas are vast. And then there are the places where the desert meets the mountains. It's one giant inspiration of light.

Here are just a tiny few of the digital images I've shot this week in New Mexico's low light--early and late in the day.

Pintails at dawn over Bosque del Apache NWR.

At dawn the birders and photographers gather on the Flight Deck for the morning fly out of the cranes and waterfowl.

A pre-dawn blizzard of snow geese.

Cranes and waterfowl darken the dawn sky at Bosque.

Phragmites is an invasive scourge, but its heads look feathery in the afternoon sunlight.

Sunset uses the same pink paintbrush on the desert and the mountains.

A drake pintail in the predawn glow.

Cranes are still flying well after sunset.

A Chihuahuan raven croaks at its flockmates.

Coots a half hour before first light.

The morning sun peeks through a notch in the rim of Water Canyon.

Pintails over pink clouds at Bosque.

Gleaming wires near El Salto del Rey.

A tangerine sunset from Arroyo Seco.

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At 5:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Major case of light envy here.
great shots!

At 6:10 PM, Anonymous anne said...

What beautiful photos. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be the pintails over pink clouds. But the rest of them are all equally exquisite. Glad you're all enjoying yourselves out there!

At 7:13 PM, Blogger Sara said...

Nice photos, it is really interesting to see the variety of affects created by the light.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family ! Many thanks for all that you share with us in the photos, good writing, and humor at BOTB. Borrowing from a noted wordsmith, this blog is OSSUM !

At 7:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill...You have caught some wonderous pictures. I can see why you go out pre dawn and stay till late, to see every bit of beauty, with the changing scenes and light.

Some favorites...a pre-dawn blizzard of snow geese, cranes are still flying well after sunset, morning sun peeks and pintails over pink clouds.

A Happy Thanksgiving to your family.

At 10:34 PM, Blogger Mary said...

Beautiful images, here, Bill. I'm envious, too.

At 8:05 PM, Blogger Susan said...

Looks like a wonderful place & those are great photos!


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