Late winter afternoon in the Sandia foothills, right before sunset.
Porcupines may be in Albuquerque’s bosque all the time, but I notice them only in the winter. That’s because they’re almost always high up in a tree and, except in winter, the leaves provide great camouflage for them. It’s true that porcupines look a bit prickly but I think they’re extremely cute nonetheless.
The Sandias haven’t received much snow this winter — but most of what we’ve gotten has been during the past month. Here, clouds begin to clear over the Sandias near the end of the day.
Most of the waterfowl at Bosque del Apache have left for parts north already; their absence seems to make the beauty of the landscape more noticeable. Or maybe it was simply a beautiful late winter day in southern New Mexico.
Wood ducks are my favorites, especially at this time of the year, when color in the middle Rio Grande Valley is noticeably lacking.