The sun rises behind the ancient Fra Cristobal Mountains and its reflection on the Elephant Butte Lake looks like a second sun. The bright light warmed up the place quickly. The gentle kisses of early morning sun on the face always made me feel so good. It gave me a new day filled with hope and energy. But the weather in early spring days at South Monticello Campground was not always balmy. It changed like a child with a temperament. Sometimes the day started with below freezing temperature, and occasionally the night was warm and stayed at mid 40s.
The mornings these days were usually calm and sunny with cloudless big blue sky. The familiar sound of grebes on the lake was soothing. Wind usually started to pick up fast close to the noon, and the reflections of the mountains on the surface of the lake was shattered, and the lake rippled and waved. Wind could go as high as up to 20 miles per hour. The high wind shook our trailer and knocked the lawn chairs down. We stayed inside our small Escape trailer and appreciated the panoramic view of the lake. The color of the lake changed from blue to green. Ravens had fun gliding in the wind.
Southern wind prevailed for several days and kept the temperature at 60s in the afternoon. But yesterday the episode changed when the northern wind swept down the Rio Grande Valley. Dark clouds covered the sky and blocked the sun. The warm and cold air collided and created dramatic clouds and brought a little rain to the desert. We enjoyed another hot spring bath at T or C in this windy and cold day.
The rain stopped in the late afternoon and the sun peeked out behind clouds. The low Fra Cristobal Mountains by the Elephant Butte Lake looked mysterious against the dark sky and clouds. I tried my camera’s different built-in art effects and captured the scenery. The puffy rosy cloud in the sunset looked like the flush on a girl’s face.
A warm and sunny day began with two ravens standing on top of the ramada on the site next to us. Their dark feather shone in the sun. They made low and squawk sounds and exchanged kisses. How lovely!
FYI: Elephant Butte Lake is a reservoir on Rio Grande River created by the Elephant Butte Dam. The power plant by the dam is the second largest hydroelectric facility in New Mexico. Elephant Butte Lake and Caballo Lake to the south store and supply water to the southern New Mexico, west Texas, and Mexico. The irrigation season is from mid-March to mid-October (geoinfo.nmt.edu).