Rio Grande Winter, #2, 2019/20


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.

Bald eagles

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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.

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Female goldeneye

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Canada geese

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Female mergansers

Rio Grande Gorge

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Pueblo Peak and rim of the Rio Grande Gorge (extreme telephoto)

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Orilla Verde stretch of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains

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Willows, Orilla Verde stretch of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

Gorge of Taos Creek

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Snow on boulder

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Frozen foam

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Taos Creek

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same as above

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Channel fills and toreva block in the making

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.

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Kathy

Embudo

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Barranco Blanco (left) and Cerro La Junta (right)

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same as above

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Shore ice

 

 

 

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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