Bosque White Sands Itinerary - Branson Reynolds Photography
Bosque del Apache & White Sands
Itinerary for January 12-18, 2014

On this trip we'll have four morning and four afternoon/evening shoots in the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge, and two morning and two afternoon/evening shoots in White Sands. The low angle of the winter sun also allows us to shoot much of the time between morning and evening. And this trip is scheduled around the full moon.

Sunday, January 12th
Socorro, New Mexico
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

 We'll meet this afternoon at the Socorro Holiday Inn Express (1040 North California St., 505-838-4600). Socorro is an easy one hour drive south of the Albuquerque airport on on I-25. For those that can arrive in Socorro by around 3PM we'll have our first evening shoot at the Bosque. Otherwise we'll meet at the motel shortly after sunset and have dinner together followed by a short image presentation of what we will be shooting the next morning.

As this trip begins and ends in Socorro, carpooling during the week may be arranged for those interested. For those arriving at the Albuquerque airport, renting a car, and driving from there, we can try to work out carpools from the airport through the complete trip.

Monday, January 13th
Socorro//Bosque del Apache

 We'll be at our morning location 45 minutes before sunrise to ohotograph Sandhill Cranes silhouetted against the early light and to witness the magnificent spectacle of thousands of Snow Geese rising in unison as the sun breaks over the mountains to the east. We'll then tour the refuge looking for other birds and mammals. As the morning advances and activity settles down, we'll head back to Socorro for lunch and a mid-day break before heading back to the refuge as the activity picks up again in the afternoon as the geese and cranes head in for the evening.

Tuesday, January 14th
Socorro/Bosque del Apache


 We'll again be at the refuge for the morning activity and more searching along the refuge roads before heading back to Socorro for lunch and our mid-day break. We'll try to work in time during the day for some review and critique sessions. We'll then be back to the refuge later in the afternoon for the evening arrival of the birds.

Wednesday, January 15th
Alamogordo/White Sands

 After our morning shoot in the Bosque, we'll head east through stunning New Mexico scenery and the Valley-of-Fire to Carrizozo for brunch and maybe a malt at a delightful old fashioned soda fountain right out of the "old days". Then on to Alamogordo where we'll check in at the Best Western Desert Aire Motel (1021 S. White Sands Blvd---505-437-2110) before we head to the incredible dunes of White Sands for our evening shoot.

Thursday, January 16th
Alamogordo//White /Sands

 We'll have a special permit to enter the dunes early this morning so we can be there for the display of light, shadow and color as the white sand reflects the twilight colors and the San Andreas Mountains catch the first sun of a new day. After our mid-day break we'll be back in the dunes for our afternoon/evening shoot.

Friday, January 17th
Socorro//Bosque del Apache

 We'll enjoy another morning in the dunes, then back to Socorro and another afternoon/evening shoot in the Bosque.

Saturday, January 12th
Socorro/Bosque del Apache

 We'll have our final morning shoot again in the Bosque, then everyone heads off in their own direction with a mind swirling with delightful memories and new ideas.