Springtime Nature, April 2016

It’s Springtime along the Rio Grande, here in northern New Mexico. What’s going on?

The fruit trees are blooming; the turkey vultures and swallows have returned; the caddis and mayflies are coming off (and when they’re thick the trout are rising to them); the Canada geese are nesting; the mallards are all paired-up; the willow trees and New Mexico olives are greening and I’ve had one sighting of a Black-chinned hummingbird (which sent me immediately into the kitchen to mix-up some sugar water and hang out the feeder) … and, today (April 16, 2016), it’s snowing in the mountains. At 6,000′ altitude, we have our fingers crossed that we won’t get a freeze bad enough to kill the fruit (peaches, cherries, nectarines and apples).

Manchurian Crab Apple tree

Our Manchurian crab apple tree, planted by Kathy to the side of the warehouse

Ring-necked Ducks

Ring-necked ducks, probably on migration – Orilla Verde

Northern Shovelers

Northern shovelers, also probably on migration – Orilla Verde

Canada Goose On Nest

Canada goose on her nest. Every little island in the Orilla Verde section holds a nesting goose.

Bighorn sheep

Bighorn sheep, showing up more often this year in Orilla Verde

Brown Trout, caught during a caddis hatch

Brown trout, caught during a caddis hatch, in Orilla Verde

Sunset, from the backdoor

Stormy sunset, from the backdoor

About Evensteven

I am a photographer and author, and live in Embudo, New Mexico, alongside the Rio Grande. I 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: The Grand: https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447 I have also published six additional iBooks: 1. The Salt River: https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-salt-river/id12449222822. 2. Coyote Buttes: https://books.apple.com/us/book/coyote-buttes/id1271773201 3. Four Cornered, the Land: https://books.apple.com/us/book/four-cornered/id1384038899 4. Four Cornered, The Rivers: https://books.apple.com/us/book/four-cornered-book-two-the-rivers/id1402287568 5. Rio Marañon: https://books.apple.com/us/book/four-cornered-book-two-the-rivers/id1402287568 6. Rio Grande: https://books.apple.com/us/book/rio-grande-new-mexico/id1469126321
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