Indigo Afternoon

Near the end of every day at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico the most amazing event happens: the fly-in.

As the thousands upon thousands (and then some) birds of all sorts begin to return from the refuge fields where they have been feeding the ponds around the Bosque del Apache begin to fill with birds of all types. Ducks, Snow Geese, Sandhill Cranes, and even the occasional Blue Heron all take their place in their pond of choice and begin to settle down for the evening.

New Mexico is known for its incredible sunsets, as well, and every now and then a sunset of incredible color happens along. When an incredible sunset meets the fly-in, then magic happens in the bosque.

Such was the case this particular afternoon. The day had been cloudy on and off, meaning there was plenty of moisture and clouds still in the air. The sun began to dip below the horizon, giving off its incredible hues. Just a moment, though–the briefest of all brief moments, the mere wink of an eye, the colors dipped into the indigo range. And that brief moment became Indigo Afternoon.

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