Thursday, July 8, 2010
I awoke before dawn to find directly overhead, a crescent moon wrapped tight in an ebony blanket dotted with masses of countless stars. I sit sipping that sacred first cup of coffee, praying my morning prayer just as the first rays of a new day are outlining the eastern edges of the highest peaks with a golden glow of warm light. It was perfect sleeping last night, actually got cold here in the basin. Who would have thought that could happen anywhere in Texas in the dead heat of mid-summer.
I painted for 5.5 hours yesterday trying in vein to capture the grandeur of it all. Life just doesn't get better than this folks!!! Later in the evening, we went for a short hike to a lookout spot called "The Window" to watch the sunset. This is the only little peek hole in the basin where you can see the distant valleys and mountain ridges stretching for mile to the horizon. The expanse looked more like an ocean of elongated islands floating in misty gray-blue waters. As the sun took its final bow the highest mountain faces lit up in a fiery-cad orange glow in the spot light.
We will be traveling most of today, snaking our way on to new adventures westward along the Rio Grande so I am posting early. A You Tube of the basin at various times of the day is attached. Wish you were all here.