Friday, July 13, 2007

July 13, 2007: Alexandria Bay, New York / St. Lawrence River / 1,000 Islands (11 PHOTOS, 4 BIRD)

More St. Lawrence River pictures today. The day's weather started out miserable, but got better!

Not a good start to the day (pouring rain on the river)
Rain falling on the water lilies
Wet day lilies
Above and below: Going past an Osprey nest!

Every year, the old house on Ina Island falls further into the river
Double-Crested Cormorants
Late afternoon on the river
A young Belted Kingfisher
It was stormy again in the evening
A rainbow after the storm

Thursday, July 12, 2007

July 12, 2007: Alexandria Bay, New York and the St. Lawrence River (3 PHOTOS)

Today I have a few shots taken from Alexandria Bay, NY, and the Saint Lawrence River. This is in the scenic 1,000 Islands Region.

Above and below: Late afternoon on the Saint Lawrence River

Day Lilies

Saturday, July 07, 2007

July 7, 2007: Flights (Albuquerque-Atlanta-Buffalo) (17 FLIGHT PHOTOS)

Today we flew home, on Delta Airlines (Albuqerque to Atlanta, and Atlanta to Buffalo). Below are some flights:

A view of the Rio Grande Valley near Albuquerque
Sandia Mountains
Windfarm near Santa Rosa, NM
Hereford, Texas
Palo Duro Canyon in Texas Hobart, Oklahoma
Chickasha, Oklahoma
Purcell, Oklahoma McAlester, Oklahoma
Eufala Lake, Oklahoma
Huntington, West Virginia
Cambridge, Ohio
Boardman, Ohio
Youngstown, Ohio
Erie, Pennsylvania
Point Gratiot, Dunkirk
Clarence, NY Town Hall area

Friday, July 06, 2007

July 6, 2007: Taos Pueblo, Abiquiu area, Bandelier Natl Mon, New Mexico (28 PHOTOS, 11 BIRD, 3 MAMMAL)

Today we spent the morning, and had a nice breakfast at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos. Then we took a tour of the nearby living Native American community of Taos Pueblo. Very interesting place to visit. After this, we drove west, across the Rio Grande Gorge, to the Abiquiu area again. Some of the scenery was again beautiful in this area! Based on a tip, we drove down the dirt "Forest Route 151", which runs west off of US 84 just north of the Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu Dam. This route leads down to the Chama River (article on this route). The scenery here was amazing.

To end the day, we headed down to Bandelier National Monument near Los Alamos, and then to Santa Fe for another dinner at Coyote Cafe Rooftop Cantina, and then off to Albuquerque to fly home the next day.

Black-Billed Magpie at Mabel Dodge

TAOS PUEBLO: The Church at the PuebloNice views of Taos Pueblo (above and below)

More Taos Pueblo views (above and below)
Northern Rough Winged Swallow

Rio Grand Gorge: The first Canada Geese we saw on the trip! View of the Rio Grande Gorge near Taos
Mountain Bluebird near the Gorge

Abiquiu Area:
The Church at Abiquiu

Some nice scenery off Forest Rte 151, north of Abiquiu Dam:

Bandelier National Monument Area:

Violet-Green Swallow baby peering out of his nest
We found this young Black Bear on the Long House nature trail (We weren't that close, this was thanks to having a nice zoom lens!)

Black-Headed Grosbeak Young Chipping Sparrow Pygmy Nuthatch
Long House Cliff Dwellings (above and below)

Cordilleran Flycatcher
Abert's Squirrel
Western Tanager