New Wave Provides Water Safety for “Midnight Texas” Movie Shoot

New Wave Provides Water Safety for “Midnight Texas” Movie Shoot. The movie, a NBC pilot, is described as Twin Peaks meets True Blood in Midnight, Texas, a remote town where your neighbor could be a vampire, a witch, a werewolf, or even an angel. Mystery, horror and romance combine to both enthrall and frighten any outsiders who decide to venture into this unusual place. The New Wave staff that provided water safety services were Britt Runyon and Mike Boren. Britt was behind the camera, documenting our safety assurance activities.

We were on call for 3 days of shooting.

We were on call for 3 days of shooting.

One of the on land scenes we were present for at sunrise.

One of the on-land scenes we were present for at sunrise.

Several scenes were shot on land with New Wave merely an observer.

Several scenes were shot on land with New Wave merely an observer.

Mike assists the actors along submerged platforms at the crime scene.

Mike assists the actors along submerged platforms at the crime scene.

The scene of the crime.

The scene of the crime.

A camera man's bag of essentials.

A camera man’s bag of essentials.

One early morning scene was shot at the gates of an irrigation canal. This scene was one in which the sheriffs search the canal for the gun used in the crime.

Mike rigs the safety ropes for the police actors prior to their entry into the canal.

Mike rigs the safety ropes for the police actors prior to their entry into the canal.

The actors enter the canal with Mike directing.

The actors enter the canal with Mike “directing”. lol

Some of Albuquerque's finest actors playing the role of Roca Fria's Sheriffs.

Some of Albuquerque’s finest actors playing the role of Roca Fria’s Sheriffs.

The actors swept the bottom of the canal searching for the weapon.

The actors swept the bottom of the canal searching for the weapon.

The boom operator mistakenly got the $500,000 camera wet only once.

The boom operator mistakenly got the $500,000 camera wet only once.

No that's not the real name of the acequia, it's a Hollywood prop.

No that’s not the real name of the acequia, it’s a Hollywood prop.

A view from the other side of the canal.

A view from the other side of the canal.

Another view of the scene.

Another view of the scene.

The 70 foot camera boom over the Rio Grande.

The 70 foot camera boom over the Rio Grande.

Here’s a short video demonstrating the reason day two was cut short, and “wrapped” early

Midnight Texas Movie Set from New Wave Rafting on Vimeo.

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Birds of the Box, Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

Birds of the Box, Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.  Birds love rivers! Some birds eat fish, some eat insects that hatch out of the river, some eat subsurface insects, and some eat river-grown vegetation.

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You know what the Great Blue Heron eats – everything that moves!

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This is an American Dipper, or Water Ouzel. It dives to the bottom, where it probes for invertebrates, like the nymphs that fly fishermen imitate.

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This nest has been used by ouzels for decades! As can be seen, it’s located within splashing range of some whitewater. Guess the name of that whitewater! Yep, it’s Ouzel Rapid.

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The Black-crowned night heron comes out during the day, as well as at night.

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Is this a Canadian goose … or a Canada goose.? He (or she) is the latter. They are also known as “honkers”. They eat grass.

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What are these American cliff swallows up to? Well … they build spherical mud houses under overhangs. Here they’ve been disturbed, while gathering mud.

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One of the prettiest birds you’ll see along the river – the Western tanager. But you have to be looking for them at the right time of the year. They are springtime migrants, using the Rio as a migration route.

These wonderful photos are by Britt Runyon, Operations Mgr. of NWRCo. He guides the Box all summer, and is never without his Nikon DSLR and 300mm telephoto lens. Nice work, huh?

Final Taos Box Trip of 2015, 8/2/15

Final Taos Box Trip of 2015, 8/2/15. There’s lots to see and do on a Taos Box trip – 16 miles of Class 3 and 4 rapids in a wilderness gorge, populated with otters, bighorn sheep, eagles, muskrats, beaver …. The Taos Box is the centerpiece of the recently declared Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, which includes the Rio Grande Gorge and wild lands that spread out to either side on the surrounding plains. You can’t get a better one-day wilderness whitewater trip anywhere in the West. Shown here is our last trip of the season, with low water calling a halt to further activity in the Box. It just gets too rocky, as you will see. This fabulous collection of photos were shot by the very talented Britt Runyon, who is New Wave’s Operations Manager and official photographer. He was joined on this trip by guide Joe Cameron. As to next year, if New Mexico benefits from the predicted El Nino, we’ll see good flows in the Rio Grande once again. Think about reserving your Box trip for June, when we get the highest flows of the summer. See you then!!

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Otters

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Rio Grande Gorge High Bridge

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One of the introduced bighorn sheep

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Dead Car rapid

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Young bighorn sheep

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Power line Falls. Joe does raft gymnastics.

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Powerline Falls

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Rock Garden scout and sculpted rock

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Rock Garden rapid, with the notorious Camel Rock smack dab in the middle

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Boulder Field entrance

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Fluted Boulder

Taos Box, 4-6-15

Taos Box, 4-6-15. Britt Runyon is at it again, guiding a paddle boat down the Box and taking superlative photos (as I’m sure you will agree) along the way. That’s what I call multi-tasking! Also guiding on this trip of 6 was Joe Cameron. Besides the bighorns seen along the river’s banks, the party saw nesting water ouzels at Ouzel Rapid – named, as you would imagine, for the fact that ouzels nest every year in the rocks just a few feet above the whitewater of the rapid. Photos by Britt Runyon. Text by Steve Miller.

The Crew in the Taos Box.

At the put-in, just upstream of John Dunn bridge

Gorge Bridge, Bighorn Sheep and Raft

Gorge Bridge, Bighorn Sheep and raft

Bighorn rams

Bighorn rams

Rafting the Taos Box

Joe Cameron, taking the drop in Dead Car Rapid, Taos Box

 

 

Powerline Falls Rapid, on the Taos Box

Powerline Falls rapid, on the Taos Box stretch of the Rio Grande river, in northern New Mexico, is the most exciting rapid that is commercially run in the State of New Mexico. It is named for the rim-to-rim span of power line that is seen overhead. The rapid is formed by a collection of very large boulders that have fallen into the riverbed. The rapid tumbles steeply over and between these boulders (see photo), creating the steepest drop on this Class 4+ stretch. The Taos Box stretch is the whitewater centerpiece of the recently designated Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. The river level (volume) in the video was 700-900 cfs.
New Wave Rafting Co. is your host for experiencing this exhilarating whitewater. Serving all of northern New Mexico and headquartered on the Rio Grande river between Santa Fe and Taos, we offer family-friendly trips from the mildest to the wildest, in spectacular settings. The Taos Box river trip traverses 16 miles of wilderness gorge, encountering demanding rapids guaranteed to get you wet. This is our most exciting whitewater river trip and is NOT for the timid.See you on the Rio!

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Powerline Falls Rapid

Bighorn Sheep of the Taos Box

Bighorn Sheep of the Taos Box. We were having our lavish all-you-can-eat lunch buffet on the Ouzel Rapid Beach, when down from the rim of the Rio Grande Gorge came 5 Bighorn Sheep Rams. I know of 3 such “Bachelor Groups” in the Taos Box, 2 on the East side of the Rio Grande river and 1 on the West side.

 The below images are of the West Rim Bachelor Group. The ram count on this day was ten (some not pictured).

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Rainbow Trout Ranch on the Racecourse

The Rainbow Trout Ranch is located in southern Colorado, not far from the Rio Grande river, near Taos, NM. We take their guests on a Racecourse raft trip once a week in the summer. These are photos of their staff getting an orientation trip, before they send their guests down.

On the Racecourse run on the Rio Grande river, near Taos, NM, with guide Adrian

On the Racecourse run, with guide Adrian

On the Racecourse run on the Rio Grande river, near Taos, NM

Smiling faces

On the Racecourse run on the Rio Grande river, near Taos, NM

A raft and funyaks

On the Racecourse run on the Rio Grande river, near Taos, NM, with guide Adrian

A big wave at Sleeping Beauty

On the Racecourse run on the Rio Grande river, near Taos, NM

Guide Joe, with the funny hat

On the Racecourse run on the Rio Grande river, near Taos, NM

Bouncing around in a raft and funyaks

On the Racecourse run on the Rio Grande river, near Taos, NM, with rafts and funyaks

That’s the Toilet Bowl, in Big Rocks rapid, behind the funyaker