My great-aunt says it best…”The storms here have personality.” They are welcomed, longed for, and often rejoiced in, painting for us the most gorgeous, ever-changing vistas. On a recent drive home through Northern New Mexico, I was mesmerized by the sage-green landscapes, spotted with hearty grazing cattle and wild antelope. Clusters of ridiculously happy little sunflowers waved continuously to us from the edges of the road, as if begging for our attention.
And the storms! You haven’t lived till you’ve witnessed how the sky falls here. It’s as if the storm clouds suddenly decide it’s time to share, refreshing the desert terrain below. They pick a defined strip of land and gracefully descend, flowing like sheer curtains from dramatic thundercloud valances. To the east, rainbows peek in and out of distant clouds, and flashes of lightening compete for attention in all directions. If you happen to be heading straight into one of those curtains, a terrifying experience awaits as heavy sheets of blinding rain envelope you. It takes only a few minutes before you emerge on the other side into a shockingly calm, bright, and colorful new realm. (See below…)
So here’s to my latest Vista Encantada…
-Mandy Herzog, Marketing