I published “Eagles Everywhere!” on 12/21/19. It documented the arrival of the wintering bald eagles along the Rio Grande: https://believesteve.org/2019/12/21/eagles-everywhere/ Since that time, I’ve made many visits to the stretches of river that the eagles frequent, which is close to our home in Embudo, and the eagles also come and go along our home stretch of the river. Here are photos of bald eagles that I’ve taken since that date.
Ducks and Canada geese
The northern ducks have yet to show up in the numbers and variety seen in years past, and those now here are still getting accustomed to cars passing on the road. Nowadays, they mostly take off as I bring my car to a halt on a roadside pull-out. They will become more approachable (and easier to photograph) in time.
Rio Grande Gorge
Gorge of Taos Creek
This portion of the basalt cliff seen across Taos Creek has three features of geologic interest. #1: Below the cliff seen at the very top of the photo is a brownish layer. It is a channel fill. A channel fill is sediment that collected in a river channel that ran across the top of a lava flow, which sediment was preserved when another lava flow covered it. #2: Another channel fill is seen at the base of the cliff. #3: Seen in the center of the photo is a block of basalt which has slid away from the cliff. The soft sedimentary materials in the channel flows found both above and below the basalt layer that the block derives from are no doubt the reason why the block has detached itself. While the block is seen to be leaning against the cliff, it will eventually slide down the slope below. When it does so, it will be called a toreva block, which is defined as a block that lies tilted on a slope.