This year I have decided to take every opportunity to re-explore the trails in the Sandia Mountains. I have always enjoyed exploring the varied trails and am looking forward to seeing some favorites as well as some new ones.
I haven’t hiked the Domingo Baca trail in over 10 years. I went with friends to see the airplane crash then. It was a tough hike but well worth the effort. This time I only went as far as the spring as I was by myself.
The weather this spring has been cool and rainy. The view of the Sandia Mountains was very beautiful the morning I set out. It had rained during the night and the clouds were still hovering along the peaks. The air was cool and crisp and the views of Albuquerque were amazing. I was wishing I had my polarized filter for better pics.
I didn’t see too many birds or butterflies but managed to get a few shots. The highlight was seeing a Cooper’s Hawk building a nest in one of the cottonwood trees in the Elena Gallegos picnic area. He was a little too far way for a good pic but it was exciting to see him nonetheless. He flew over me a couple times during the hike as well.
I heard several blue-gray gnatcatchers in the trees and bushes while I hiked. I managed to get a couple of nice pics of them even though they are so small and quick!
I finally made it to the spring. It was flowing very nicely since we’ve had a lot of rain. It was so nice to sit and relax and enjoy the sound of flowing water (a rarity here in NM). The signs of spring growth were a cheery sight. I am so ready for warm weather!
On the way back down the trail I heard the tram overhead and managed to get a quick pic before it disappeared into the clouds above. I saw several butterflies and was able to get pics as they weren’t flying to energetically in the cooler weather.
I really enjoyed revisiting the Domingo Baca canyon. I’m not sure why I stayed away so long…..