Sunrise over Lower Red Rock Lake

Sunrise over Lower Red Rock Lake
Sunrise over Lower Red Rock Lake

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Wild Interlude in Santa Fe

Last Tuesday, after breakfast, Hulin and I decided to go visit the Randall Davey Audubon Center which is at the end of Upper Canyon Drive. The property adjoins the Nature Conservancy's property and you can hike both properties. The Audubon property is more for strolling with intermittent standing or sitting to watch the birds, squirrels, and chipmunks coming to the feeders.

We had to get back to the hotel before checkout time at noon, so only had time to sample the Center and take a short hike on the Nature Conservancy Lands.

But the gardens were beautiful and the city noise was completely gone.  It was a lovely, peaceful interlude and we got to see the the first Lewis's woodpecker - an immature - ever seen on this site.

Entrance
Steller's Jay

Ground squirrel and chipmonk
Feeder youngsters


One of several painters

Part of Randell Davey's house
We decided to take a quick look at the Nature Conservancy trail, which started across the road from the service entrance to the Audubon Sanctuary. We only got to walk about a half mile before time was up and we had to rush back to our hotel.


Hulin on  the Nature Conservatory trail

A large- flowering paintbrush
Unknown flower
Trail view