Rio Grande Cottonwood Forest (Bosque)

The Rio Grande cottonwood tree grows along the Rio Grande River from Mexico to southern Colorado, reaches a height of from 40' to 80', and can be found in elevations up to about 6500 feet. Taken from the Spanish word for woodlands, the Bosque is literally a ribbon of green in the high desert landscape.  It is said that this Bosque is the largest continuous cottonwood forest in world.   

 

This magnificent, lone cottonwood grows in a open field north of Montano Road in Albuquerque.

 

This striking and colorful specimen is enhanced by the artistic use of a paint brush in Photoshop.