The dawn is showing over the ridge and highlighting the buds on the Mountain Mahagony at the edge of Sedillo Canyon.
This time, we took the west fork,
walking north along the bed of Sedillo Creek.
Deeper into the canyon, the sunlight
does not yet reach the dry ground.
Crossing the at the meeting with the east branch
of Sedillo Creek, we turn south again,
following the east branch back up canyon.
The canyon bottom here is rocky and thick with
vegetation that is barely greening with spring.
As we climb south towards the meadow,
the sun finally reaches the height
where it can shine into the canyon,
changing the forbidding feel of the pre-dawn
into a play of light and shadow across our path.