A welcome break in my travels, Santa Rosa Lake state park. I had booked one night, but after arriving booked a total of three.
Peace, solitude, the beauty of the high desert with a lake in its midst. The weather sunny with a light breeze.
On my second day, I took the kayak out for a paddle.
Quiet beauty of a high desert lake with a rich blue endless sky
Santa Rosa Lake, New Mexico ~ created by a dam on the Pecos River
From my kayak I saw Autumn Foliage out in its full glory.
I leisured in seeing the sun-struck waters off my bow. An afternoon idyll, timeless; etching its memory on all the senses.
Then out of my reverie came a swimming sea serpent: a diamondback rattlesnake. I called her, Dona Serpiente (Lady Serpent), swimming just off the starboard bow of my kayak.
Oddly, I have never seen one on land despite my numerous travels. But here was one sharing my watery idyll. With some distance…….., she was welcome.
I had to keep paddling in circles around her, just to get some good photos.
On land, she’d give a warning; rattling that tail with abandon. I’d freeze in place, catch my breath, my heart would stop for a second. On water, no feeling of fear; only relentless fascination.
Dona Serpiente ~ Just look at her beautiful diamond markings
Totally unexpected, breathtaking! I continued my paddle up the lake; she continued with her swim. Our chance meeting ? No harm to either of us. For that we are both ~
Ever Grateful ~ Annie