The Spanish word embudo means “funnel.” As a landscape term it refers to any place where something is confined or restricted, and thus funneled. For example, the word is commonly used within the ranch country of Mexico and south Texas to describe cramped cuts in the brush where cattle are routed toward corrals. Embudo can also mean a place where a dry canyon narrows or—as the Rio Grande does in Embudo, New Mexico—a river’s flow becomes constricted.

Arturo Longoria