Bosque Bill is a Media Star!

This past weekend Bosque Bill and I decided to go to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. We had heard that the fall colors were beautiful and that winter migrants were beginning to arrive. We left town early and arrived at Bosque del Apache happily anticipating seeing gorgeous fall color and lovely birds.

When we arrived at the entrance, the attendant asked if we would like to have a copy of the new Habitat publication, which is the official yearly publication of Bosque del Apache that has maps and information about the wildlife refuge. I was trying to affix the pass to the windshield and handed the magazine to Bill without looking at it. Bill looked at the magazine and said, “That’s me!” And surely enough it was.

Earlier in the year Bill and I had taken a photo workshop at the wildlife refuge, and I had sent the some photos to the Executive Director of the Friends of the Bosque del Apache NWR. Imagine our surprise when we saw my photo of Bill right in the center of the cover.

Habitat, a publication of Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

We were pleased to discover that this publication would be used at Bosque del Apache during all of 2012.

This is the original of the photo:

Bosque Bill and the Harris Hawk.

Bosque Bill and the Harris Hawk.

You might also enjoy reading the blog post about our day with the Harris Hawks, Bosque Bill and the Bird.

We had a lovely day at the wildlife refuge, enjoying the spectacular scenery and photographing birds.

Beautiful scenery at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

Beautiful scenery at Bosque del Apache.

Snow Geese and Northern Pintails, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

Snow Geese and Northern Pintails.

Later in the day, I was able to persuade Bill to pose with a copy of the magazine. You can see the man behind the camera!

Bosque Bill, media star

Bosque Bill, media star

We saw some lovely birds that day as well, which I will write about in a blog post later this week.

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18 responses to “Bosque Bill is a Media Star!

  1. Great post. Congrats for getting that great picture of Bill and the Harris’ Hawk. And also, congrats, for it being on the cover of the magazine. It will look good in your resume. :-)

  2. Cool photo and congrats to you both.

  3. Cindy

    Hey linda..I remember when that photo was taken! Very cool..Bill is a media star and you’re a published photographer..Great!!

    • A definite twofer, that’s for sure. The funny thing is that neither one of us had any idea that the photo was on the cover until we saw the publication. Thanks for your nice comments Cindy!

  4. Congrats to you both! Great photo, it looks great on the cover!

  5. BirdGalAlcatraz

    That is so cool! I remember that photo the first time around. Congrats to you both!

    • Thanks Jann. I can’t begin to tell you how surprised I was. They’ll be distributing this publication throughout 2012, so lots of people will see the photo. It’s pretty exciting!

  6. I loved this photo when I first saw it! How exciting!

    • Oh yes, dear Steve. We’re the most famous people that nobody’s ever heard of. ;) I have a small photo credit on the inside cover, and Bill is completely anonymous. I am, however, happy that they used my photo!

  7. Thought it was amazing when you captured the moment–how awesome to have that shared with so many others.

    Way to go!

    How much weight does a Harris Hawk add to the lens? Thinking too much weight for me to carry!

    Thrilled for you both–how do we order autographed copies out of state? Sign me up and bill! Paypal?

    • Hey Laura. They birds, although they’re pretty good sized, only weigh a couple of pounds. Bill’s a pretty substantial guy, but I think his arms were pretty tired after awhile. I’ll get some extra copies the next time I go down there. Don’t know why I didn’t think to do it last weekend.

  8. That is fabulous! Super big congrats to both the artist and the model!!

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