Cabezon Peak Morning
Cabezon Peak is the largest of several volcanic plugs situated north and west of Albuquerque, New Mexico. It rises about 500 meters above the desert floor.
Native American legend has it that it is the head of a slain giant, whose dried blood formed the el Malpais lava flows. It marks approximately the southeast corner of the Navajo nation.
The small pond in the foreground was created by the unusual amount of rain we've had this year. Hoof prints along the edge indicate that the free-range cows have found it, as have the mosquitos.
I found this location just before sunrise as I was gathering up my equipment from the all-night Perseid meteor trip. It was down a steep bank and a few hundred yards away from where I had parked. The mosquitos were after me all night long, which is not normal for New Mexico. I didn't know about the location of nearby water until I saw it in the morning. I guess it's two or three miles east of Cabezon. I can't find it on Google Earth and am not sure I could find it again by driving. My placement on the map is only approximate.