Festival of the Cranes/ Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico

Click any photo for slideshow

Every November, New Mexico holds the Festival of the Cranes to celebrate the migratory return of Sandhill Cranes to the wetlands along the Rio Grande River. In addition to the cranes, there are tens of thousands of ducks and geese that migrate to the area as well.

The birds come from the northern US and Canada to roost in the shallow waters of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, where they spend the winter months. Some birds come from as far away as the Arctic regions. 

The refuge was created specifically for migratory birds. Corn and wheat are grown for bird food in the fields surrounding  the waters, and several areas are flooded by ground water pumps prior to the arrival of the migratory flocks. Roosting in the shallows helps protect the birds from the numerous predatory animals that live in the Rio Grande Valley; coyotes, bobcats, and mountain lions. Birders come from around the world to see and photograph the spectacular views of water fowl. Most people come to see the birds leave from their water roost at sunrise or when they return at sundown. The flocks spend the day foraging for grains in the surrounding fields. The mountain vistas seen from the valley and the sounds of thousands of birds are an unforgettable experience.    


Dia de los Muertos/ Albuquerque, New Mexico

Click any photo for slideshow


Indigenous Peoples Day/ Albuquerque, New Mexico

click any photo to start slideshow


Climate Change Strike/ Albuquerque, New Mexico

click any photo for slide show


UFO festival/ Roswell, New Mexico

click any photo to view slideshow


Southwest Style/ Albuquerque, New Mexico

Young ladies step out in the Old Town section of Albuquerque, New Mexico wearing the latest Southwest fashions. Fringes, silver, turquoise, Native American jewelry, cowgirl hats, and cowgirl boots are the New Mexico style.

click any photo for slideshow  

Special thanks to Ashley Wagner aka Rhinestone Rambler. Www.rhinestonerambler.com/instagram @ashleywagner505, Chantelle Wagner @chantellefawn, Cierra Wagner @makeupbycierraw for fashions, modeling, and make-up.


Memorial Day Ceremony/ Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico

Honoring warriors, past and present

On Memorial Day, members of the Pueblo of Jemez performed traditional song and dance to honor veterans and current members of the US military from their village. The ceremony was held at the Red Rocks Cliffs, a sacred site to the Jemez people.  Native Americans have served in the US military at a higher rate in proportion to their population than any other American ethnic group.

Located on high mesas of the Southwest desert, the Pueblo of Jemez is an independent sovereign nation within the state of New Mexico, with its own government and justice system. The origins of the community can be traced back to the 13thcentury.  

Click any photo for slide show