This is what I saw when I woke up this morning. I have a new camera, so here was the perfect use for it. The whole sky to the south and east was on fire. What you see above is only the very end of it on the southern view.
Big Red was smiling down right onto the yucca plant in the alley and making it glow beautifully. There is almost always a camera at hand, so I grabbed it and raced out (well, maybe stumbled out might be more accurate) to the backyard to drink it all in.
I took some panoramas which I will stitch together later, but this one single image of the yucca just hit me in the face when I downloaded the shots.
Within just a few minutes, the red glow had moved up onto the mountains . . . another ten minutes . . . and everything was blue/grey again.
There were two bonuses this morning, neither of which I caught on “film”. As I was walking back across the yard to the house, either a huge hawk, or one of our resident owls, came swooping by right in front of my face. Since it was completely silent, I suspect it was an owl. Two more steps forward and he would have grazed the top of my head. I’ll just presume he knew what he was doing, and was just annoyed that I had interrupted his breakfast hunt.
And just now, two cows went meandering by. This in itself is not terribly unusual. The area is state land and is used for grazing by the local cattlemen, but these two were different from the usual all black, or black with a bit of white, cows that frequently pass by.
I couldn’t see clearly because the view of their bodies was blocked by the mesquite trees that you see in the picture, but it looked like one was brown with white patches, and the other seemed to look like a big, black steer – you know the Texas kind with huge horns!
What an exciting morning, and it is only seven thirty! ;->