O’Dark thirty and barely audible rumbles of thunder and pitter patter of rain against the skylight penetrate my early morning dream state. Cooper nuzzles against my arm with eager reminders he’s ready to rock-n-roll across the Llano Estacado.
A few stretches reacquaint my mind with my body. I cannot resist a peek out the window. Low cloud cover and light rain drape mercifully over our drought-weary high plains hamlet. However, the eastern horizon bathed in fiery sunrise hues promises another day of searing temperatures.
Once underway Cooper and I find the Llano Estacado drenched in moisture with vestiges of rain adrift on morning winds. Cooper marks this moment in time with a wet and wild pursuit of a jack rabbit. My intentions are more philosophical.
- © Ilija Lukić 2013 -
|Wet Fire Wheels|
(gaillardia pulchella, aka Indian Blanket)
|Moment In Time|
|Dust Free Respite|
|Foggy Llano Morning|
(desmanthus illinoennsis, aka Prairie Mimosa)
(Red Harvester Ants open nest after rain)
|Ranch Road Inspector|
|Agua Compasiva (Merciful Water)|
(Yellow Spine Thistle and Silverleaf Nightshade)
|In Pursuit Of Wet Prey (Cooper)|
|Prairie Dog Smorgasbord|
(Wooly Locoweed, Common Purslane, and Portulaca)
(Yellow Spint Aster)
|Prairie Recycling Center|
|Pyramid Ant Mound Crater|