Cottonwood between storms, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, San Antonio NM, November 4, 2016

The Lull

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, San Antonio NM

November 4, 2016

The Lull

The Sandhill Cranes roosting at the ponds were awakened at first light this morning by a crash bang boomer of a thunderstorm. Normally that early they are still sound asleep, heads tucked under a wing, but this storm had them silently standing at attention, all facing the same direction (huh? I don't know if they were frightened or entertained but they sure were alert).

A little after sunrise the storm eased up for a few minutes and the sun peeked through a break in the clouds, lighting the landscape with that eerie bright light below a dark sky that can be so beautiful.

I wasn't going to go out this stormy morning but I am glad I did. One doesn't get the interesting pictures if one doesn't show up...