Witness the spectacle of Bosque Del Apache and the shimmering landscapes of White Sands, New Mexico. This trip is timed to coincide with the migration of thousands of Snow Geese, Ross’s Geese, and Sandhill Cranes who spend the night along the Middle Rio Grande to protect themselves from predators. It is the best time to see the greatest number of birds at the refuge!
The Bosque Del Apache (Forest of the Apache) sits between the Chupadera and San Pascual Mountains at the northern edge of the Chihuahuan Desert. Situated along over 50,000 acres of the Rio Grande River – its wetlands provide critical habitat, protection, and food for thousands of migrating waterfowl and a bewildering variety of wildlife.
Each morning at dawn, Snow Geese take off by the thousands in search of fields to feed in for the day. Smaller groups of sandhill cranes then leave the safety of the water for the same reason – as the light changes you will be able to photograph them in various settings and lighting conditions with the instruction and knowledge of your trip leader – a professional photographer who has been exploring this region for years!
If you’ve never experienced this “blast-off” It is a phenomenon to behold – and of course photograph! In addition to photographing Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese there are many species of ducks, hawks, eagles, blackbirds, ravens, coots, and other birds along with occasional mammals, such as mule deer, coyotes, javelina and jackrabbits which are seen regularly and up-close.
We will also travel to the wild and unearthly landscape of White Sands National Park. The shimmering white sands of New Mexico fill the Tularosa Basin – creating incredible white desert landcapes against the deep blue desert sky. Great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert, creating the world’s largest gypsum dunefield – beckoning the creative photographer within! The shifting sands create endless patterns and the desert light plays across the soft dunes under the rising sun of the Chihuahuan desert.
Join us and explore the phenomenal photography opportunities of Bosque Del Apache and White Sands National Park! Bosque Del Apache is alive with wildlife during the winter months due to the mild New Mexico temperatures. The sunrises and sunsets along both the Rio Grande River and White Sands are nothing short of spectacular while the night sky photography of New Mexico is incredible and Bosque Del Apache is one of the premier wildlife destinations on the planet!