Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Bosque walk
















Last week, the Bear and I went for a walk on the Paseo del Bosque trail, a recreation path which runs through the Rio Grande Valley State Park. The trail follows the eastern bank of the river and is meant for walking, running and cycling. Bosque, derived from Spanish, means "woods." I think fall is the best time to visit. The weather is most pleasant in the fall and the scenery is most interesting now too, I think. It was chilly, but we were bundled up. I liked being a little cold, actually. It made me walk more and seek out the sunny spots.

It was beautiful down there, in a last-gasp kind of way. Bosque vegetation is a mixture of desert shrub growth and larger trees like cottonwoods and mesquite (the trees tend to be quite tall in the Bosque because of their proximity to water). Most trees still had leaves but they were past the fall-color peak. The ground was covered in a layer of fallen cottonwood leaves. I was surprised to find a few wildflowers still blooming. Do you love the sight, as I do, of a bare tree silhouetted against the sky? I can stand and stare for a long time, and I did.

It was good to be out there together. The weather was fine and there were no children to supervise. We each took photos. We look for different things; I like my carefully-framed tree and flower shots and he likes dramatic wide-angle views. He'll scramble down a dirt face while I pick my way over established paths. We parted several times, meeting up many yards down the trail. I loved our Bosque walk. It was worth every goat head stuck in the soles of my shoes.

34 comments:

  1. What stunning pics, it looks so crisp and lovely - the colours are just beautiful too. And yes, I'm with you on the standing and staring at bare tree silhouettes thing - I find them quite mesmerisingly beautiful.
    Hugs xx

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  2. Gorgeous photos. I went for a walk in the woods with a friend this morning - think less blue sky and more damp mist! Tree silhouettes do it for me too. x

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  3. Wow, look at that colour! I enjoy a Sunday morning walk with Mike and the dog, I love that time together.

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  4. Even if it's past it's fall colour peak you still managed to capture a lot of colour, it must be truely stunning at it's peak! Gorgeous shots Jennifer! x

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  5. Beautiful Jennifer! As I was scrolling through all the reds, rusts, oranges and browns and thinking how pretty the photos were, I came to the purple flowers. Oh. My. Goodness. It just jumped out at me. Stunning. I'm glad you and your husband had a good day without children. That's important when so much time is spent caring for them. It reboots and recharges a marriage, these little stolen moments in time.
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  6. Beautiful autumn colours. I do enjoy seeing pictures of the area around you, as I'll probably never be fortunate enough to visit. What are the iron and wire structures for?

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    1. Hi Jessica, thanks. We're not sure either, but we think those structures are for catching old trees and limbs when they fall naturally, as a way of keeping them up off the ground until they can be hauled away.

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  7. What a lovely way to spend the afternoon......together!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  8. Lovely pictures !!
    And what nice weather you still have over there in New Mexico... here it is getting more & more grey by the day...

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  9. What fun to see your countryside there! It's so different from ours here in Oregon. Did you pick up some of those pretty rocks to take home? That is wonderful that you and your husband take advantage of time alone to do fun things like this.

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  10. Happy Thanksgiving, to you and yours, Jennifer :) Your Bosque walk photos remind me of the landscape I saw in northern Missouri in November in my childhood. And yes, I like gazing at the silhouettes of trees against the sky, too, especially when the sky is the vivid blue you captured in some of your photos. Being out and about and able to be rewarded with siting unexpected bouquets of wildflowers is really refreshing, and especially when you can share the experience with someone who knows and loves you. I treasure your description of your walk, too, as it demonstrates the beauty of your marriage: two individuals with differing perspectives, comfortable in exploring individual interests, and committed to coming together to nurture each other and those you love dearly. Precious. Thanks for enduring the dreaded goat heads and creating and publishing this post. :) xx

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  11. Lovely to see the area where you live, fantastically shaped trees :)

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  12. What a gorgeous place, quite a wilderness, I can see why you love it there. Beautiful photos, I especially like the one of the hawk and the last one of the dead tree, wonderful. There's nothing quite like a good country walk is there. CJ xx

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  13. Stunning earthy tones in all of your pictures ♥

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  14. Very pretty! It really looks like Fall.

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  15. Beautiful photos! I can see why you'd like going to that area and taking a walk and capturing the beauty through a lens.

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  16. Hi Jennifer! Thanks for taking the time to take photos on your walk!!! They are amazing, as always! Love, love those purple flowers!!!! Stunning colour!!! <3
    Isn't it great to be out and about and see nature close up like this?
    Have a nice Holiday Weekend!
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  17. Enjoyed your walk in the Bosque Jennifer. What a great place for a photo shoot, your photos are stunning. Happy Thanksgiving. x

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  18. Beautiful photos. What a wonderful walk. I always love seeing a tree against the sky. X

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  19. Beautiful pictures, especially the trees. Thanks for sharing x

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  20. Such stunning photo's Jennifer - I feel as though I've been in a Western movie, so lovely !
    Kate xx

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  21. Lovely photos from a lovely day out together. My husband also does the 'going-right-to-the-edge' type of photography!

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  22. Such a gorgeous walk, Happy Thanksgiving my friend.
    Meredith

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  23. Beautiful photos Jennifer, those skies are amazing!
    Happy thanksgiving,
    V x

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  24. Some beautiful shots here Jennifer. The scenery is amazing and the colours of autumn are heart warming. Happy Thanksgiving xx

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  25. This is so BEAUTIFUL! Love it! The nature is fantastic, amazing...
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Titti

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  26. Lovely photos in such subtle grey-brown colours and then that vibrant splash of purple and yellow! They look very like the flowers we call Michaelmas daisies.

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  27. what beautiful photographs - it looks like a stunning place. Really enjoying seeing the world through your blog!

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  28. What stunning pictures of your lovely walk, Jennifer. I agree with you, bare trees are the most amazing sight with their sculptural shapes. I hope you and your family had a Happy Thanksgiving.
    Helen xox

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  29. It's so dramatic. I love seeing your local area, it's so different to here. I too love a bare tree silhouetted against the sky - my main winter past time is photographing them. ;-)

    Happy thanksgiving to you and your bears. Xx

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  30. What a fascinating landscape, we have nothing like that here and I find I rathere wish we did. Lovely photographs Jennifer.

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  31. Ah--goatheads! I remember those! Lovely pictures. I too love wide stretching limbs.

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  32. Gorgeous shots and love that you share your thoughts so well. I agree my blog helps me be grateful for what I do have despite the day to day struggles and behind the scene ailments . It makes me happy to share the upbeat parts of my day and it brings me such joy when sharing the farm makes people smile .

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