I took a walk out to the river at sunset to see if the cranes or other birds were flying in to roost for the night. No cranes, but the glow after sunset was really beautiful.
On the evening of the last Saturday of the Balloon Fiesta, we walked out to the river and watched the fireworks show set off at the balloon field on the opposite bank of the Rio Grande. All the photos were taken using a Canon 1Ds with a 70-200mm L lens, zoomed to 200mm, ƒ/4, 1/60 sec at ISO 100, hand held.
One last cosmos was hanging on among the dried ends of cosmos stems and brown, hardened sunflower stalks. A green butterfly landed in the mulch to warm itself in the sun before flying off to forage for what little flowers remained. I was going to start pulling up the dead sunflowers, but the finches and sparrows were still feeding on them, so they will remain standing awhile longer.
Lavinia reminded me a few weeks ago that I was going to go back in the Fall and get photos of the grasses at the rammed earth house that was on the Corrales Garden Tour in June. I went out in the late afternoon a a couple of weeks ago and photographed the grasses from the periphery of the property. While I was on the ditch bank I heard sandhill cranes on the river, so I walked out to the river to look for the cranes after photographing the grasses at the house. I didn’t see cranes, but I noticed that the native grasses in the bosque looked like they were on fire backlit in the late afternoon sun. I’ve alternated photos of grasses at the rammed earth house and photos of the native grasses in the bosque, ending the series with a photo of backlit cottonwoods.