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Bosque del Apache:  Epilogue

Bosque Del Apache

Her pale yellow eyes were locked on to me and I “felt” them before I saw her. My attention was fixed on the male standing astride the road about a half-mile distant. I knew I couldn’t get a quality photograph that far away but any opportunity to record an image of a Coyote had to be grasped. As I snapped the shutter for the fourth time was when that “feeling” happened. Glancing up from the viewfinder, she was about 50 yards from me, standing in the grass and staring intently. At me.

My inner photographer said “lay down for a better angle”! Practical me said “coyotes can run 40 mph”. She had hypnotized me. I ever-so-slowly pointed the camera and squeezed the shutter release. She took a few deliberate steps in my direction triggering my flight response and then abruptly turned around and sniffed the air.

For the next ten minutes, I was privileged to watch one of nature’s apex predators hunt along the edge of a marsh.

This pair of coyotes (Canis latrans) were accustomed to humans within the refuge. Otherwise, I have no doubt I would never have seen them at all.

With a glance at her mate where some invisible (by me) communication occurred, she returned to his side and they melted into the scrub. She first turned and glared at me one last time to ensure I knew this was HER space. I was convinced.

 

Bosque Del Apache

Bosque Del Apache

Bosque Del Apache

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Bosque Del Apache

 

A very special memory out of many.

Thank you again, Son, for making this possible.

 

Enjoy your search for a natural place and come back for a visit!

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Bosque del Apache – 4

Driving around the refuge before dawn was like saying good-bye to old friends. The now familiar peaks on the horizon were painted with light by the sun rising on the final day of our adventure. As if to give us a special send-off, wisps of clouds appeared and accentuated the impossible array of pinks, purples, blues, oranges and reds of a cold mountain morning.

We skipped the scheduled snow goose extravaganza and decided on a leisurely drive around the refuge for a few last minute impressions. Animals, birds, scenery. Was it all a dream?

Yes.

Within the dream, I imagined:

 

Sunrise.

Bosque Del Apache

Bosque Del Apache

Bosque Del Apache

Bosque Del Apache

 

A doe. A deer. A female deer. (In this case, a Mule Deer, Odocoileus hemionus.)

Bosque Del Apache

 

Snow Geese. Whether as a blizzard in the sky or lined up like some avian army in a corn field, they were magnificent to behold.

Bosque Del Apache

Bosque Del Apache

 

Small creatures, such as the Song Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco, filled in the details of this vast mural created by nature.

Bosque Del Apache

Bosque Del Apache

 

Occasional surprises (coyote encounters, skunk escapades, weasel pop-ups, javelina stampedes) kept us alert, entertained and content. (The javelina, or Collared Peccary – Pecari tajacu – resembles domestic and feral pigs but is a distant biological cousin.)

Bosque Del Apache

Bosque Del Apache

 

Unique desert plants (such as the century plant – Agave americana – below) and never-before-seen-by-me birds (like this dapper Gambel’s Quail) really provided a satisfying “sauce” atop our New Mexican feast for the senses.

Bosque Del Apache

Bosque Del Apache

 

We departed the “Woods of the Apache” National Wildlife Refuge with mixed feelings. Regret for not experiencing even more (which led to guilt because we had seen so much); joy at having shared an unforgettable experience with someone we love; anticipation of reuniting with someone we love.

Bosque Del Apache

 

Our mixed feelings evolved into grumbling stomachs. We had skipped breakfast. Early afternoon: “Welcome To Texas”! The friendly sign meant one thing, El Paso and Texas barbeque! We made it safely back to Houston a little after 2:00 a.m. and my brown-eyed beauty looked better than ever! Gosh I missed Her!!

Thanks for putting up with the blogging equivalent of that crazy relative who makes you sit through those long vacation slide shows! You are now free to move about the room.

Oh, and if you should ever find yourself within a few thousand miles of New Mexico, remember the Bosque del Apache – and GO!

 

We hope you find your natural place and come back for a visit!

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