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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Shadow Dancers

On the high plains of Eastern New Mexico snow prefers to arrive on gale force winds. Its destiny are magnificent drifts. They linger for days in the wind shadow of deep-rooted yuccas.

A day or two of thaws followed by hard overnight freezes leaves both the glorious heaps of snow and more chiseled tailpieces firm enough to support my weight. Even so, Cooper and I tread lightly during our morning jaunt across the prairie, lest we suffer outrageous fortune at the hands of such exquisite elegance. The mid-morning sun dances freely across the bristling throng of yucca rosettes and ice sculptures. The give-and-take of shadows and light soon conjures up images of dancers on a stage aglow in winter splendor. Without hesitation and total abandon, Cooper and I join the dance troupe in the merriment. We are shadow dancers.

© Ilija Lukić 2013

Tread Lightly (Cooper)

Shadow Dancers (yucca campestris)

Espíritus De La Tierra

Cholla Triumph (cylindropuntia imbricata)

Racing Yuccas

Frozen Vantage Point (Cooper)

A Trail Less Travelled (Cooper)

Snow Dog Paradise (Cooper)

Snow Swells

High Plains Nessie (yucca campestris)

Receding Snows (Black-Tailed Prairie Dog Burrow)

Northeasterly Winds (yucca campestris)

Snow Snakes

Nine O'Clock Shadow (Cooper)

Porcupine Migration (yucca campestris)

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