Earlier this month I had the chance to stop for a few nights at City of Rocks SP north of Deming, NM. Several friends have stayed there and their reports have always been good ones so I wanted to experience the place. What a nice state park, sites are good sized, generally not close together and best of all they are close to or set in among the rocks.
I took a few images during the day then got out the evening of the full moon to capture the
Moonlight on the rocks
moonlight on the rocks. I don’t often get such interesting foreground lit by the moon so it was fun.
The last night I was there there was enough time before the moon rose to capture the glory of the stars in a really dark sky. I used a light to paint the rocks just a bit. The zodiacal light was visible, too, and since it is a rare thing it was really nice to capture it with the rocks.
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Mornings start early here since I like to be out watching the cranes and snow geese before sunrise. Lately the temps have been in the 20s until close to 7 am. This young crane was having fun annoying the geese, they just moved away. As it gets lighter the birds start flying off to their feeding grounds.
There’s a white crane here, too, its beak and legs aren’t as dark as the others but it has some dark feathers so I’d guess it’s not an albino.
After getting up at 5, watching the birds for 3 hours or more I head back to the trailer for breakfast, then it’s back out again. The Snow geese have
gathered at one of the wetlands near the road in the refuge and there is a bald eagle on the dead tree in the background. I waited a long time there, watching the geese and wondering if the eagle would fly but he didn’t.
Back to the trailer for lunch then late afternoon back out with the camera. The late afternoon sun enhances the fall colors.
This I’ve seen a few herons around, this one was most obliging as it posed nearby.
In the other direction were the snow geese and as the sun went down it accentuated the colors in the wetlands. It also cast a golden glow on the birds in flight.