Shadow Geese


Snow geese take flight in the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Shadow Geese takes place during one perfect sunrise.


The shadow geese waited, patiently, for the exact moment. They were one with the darkness down below. Although the faint streaks of dawn began to pierce the sky, their time was not quite here.

The geese knew it was close, though. They could feel it. The sky relented to the darkness a bit more; begrudgingly, it allowed just one color at a time into it, and no more. Orange was first in line and quickly spread across the sky.

The sun broached the horizon, and the sky couldn’t hold back dawn for a moment longer, lighting up with intense colors, racing from horizon to horizon and beyond.

Adding insult to injury, the snow geese knew that now was the correct moment. Thousands upon thousands of them, all at once, took to the wing. With a great whoosh and a rush the shadow geese were in the sky, punctuating the streaks with their wings. Darkness was banished to the other side of the world for yet another day, the shadow geese victorious in their takeover.

At the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, when the conditions are just right, the fly out can be amazing. Just ask the shadow geese.

More from the Bosque del Apache

You can see more awe-inspiring moments from the Bosque del Apache in Geese Drop-In, Bosque Surreal and Crane Calling.

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