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This last weekend I traveled 1 1/2 hours south of Albuquerque to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. It is one of my favorite places in New Mexico .. beautiful waters, lush grasses and lots of wildlife!

A bosque is a riverside forest in the southwest United States. In New Mexico, the most predominant bosque extends along the Rio Grande from Santa Fe to El Paso, Texas. When seen from above, it looks a green ribbon cutting through the state.

Water is a critical resource in the desert southwest and at the Bosque del Apache, the water is shared with farmers. The fields of the Bosque are filled in the winter for the birds that winter in the region .. ducks, geese, sandhill cranes, and more. Then in the Spring, the fields are drained and the water is put back into the river.

The water is already mostly drained but I did find a few places where there was a bit left. In the image above, strain your eyes and look way in the back for a few black specks; these are the ducks using the last remaining water. The other birds are turkeys .. apparently there are nearly 400 of them and they are huge! I also came across some javelinas as I drove the loop through the refuge.