Well, late September/early October is primo season for the aspens, but the cranes don't really start back into the Bosque much before mid-October, often early November. OTOH, you could take your wife for a romantic getaway to the Lodge in Cloudcroft, or several great places around Santa Fe, the latter location including a rather nice spa in the mountains called Ten Thousand Waves.
Stay in touch about when you're coming - I might even be home for a change.
As for the D2X, that's great news. I had seen your initial posts, but I got far too far behind the Cafe with my travel, and obviously missed the "return".
And the photo that starts this thread proves the quality of the photographer, too.