From the north (Socorro, NM), drive south on I-25 to exit 139 (San Antonio), go east 0.25 miles on US 380 to the flashing signal at the village of San Antonio, turn right onto Old Highway 1, and drive south nine miles to the Visitor Center (on right).
f/6.3, 1/400th sec, ISO 800, 400mm
After many years of going to Bosque del Apache to photograph the sandhill cranes, I was finally able to capture the image I had envisioned. I knew where the sun set and where the birds land to roost in the evening. It was a matter of these elements coming together. I got close a few times, but this particular evening the flight pattern of the cranes lined up with a spectacular sunset. This image is the result of years of planning combined with good luck.