Winter birds and more, January 2014


Reflections, Rio Grande

Reflections, Rio Grande

Drought in the Southwest

It’s another warm day in January
Too warm
too many such days

I sit by the river
It’s ice-free
the ducks and geese
have only to duck their heads, or dive
to find food
This is their winter resort

The breeze agitates the remaining cottonwood leaves
Tomorrow I will drive uphill
to teach skiing on scant snow

So is this the “new normal”?
Warmer winters, scorching  summers
and no longer enough snow
to raise the river
come run-off

I walk away
leaving the river to the waterfowl
their only worry now
not to get nabbed by a bald eagle

Ice Cone, Rio Grande Spring

Ice Cone, Rio Grande Spring

Porch pattern

Porch pattern

Canyon towhee

Canyon towhee

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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2 Responses to Winter birds and more, January 2014

  1. Britt Runyon says:

    The ice cone rocks!

    Like

  2. good words, good images…….

    Like

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