Sometimes the unexpected is, well, unexpected. Sometimes unwelcome, sometimes not. This time it seemed like a good thing.
We were out in Canyonlands NP trying to get a good view of some threatening weather. While not an unusual occurrence in a place like Webster, NY (where life, they say, is worth living), it is very unusual here. Mostly you just get deep blue skies and some puffy little cumulus clouds at best. Yesterday was different. It was cool, there was lightning and thunder, and sometimes even rain. Which is something they badly need in Utah.
In any case, I was standing (actually, sitting, I think) above the Green River basin watching an approaching squall line when this raven decided to fly up from below the edge of the cliff. Spooked the heck out of me. But I did manage to trip the shutter. A good “catch”, in my opinion.
Probably a good thing I was sitting, too. The bottom of this canyon is about 2,000 feet below. And the cliff is fairly steep. Falling over it would not be pleasant and most certainly fatal. No barriers here, though. If you want to take the plunge you’re free to do so.
In case you’re wondering, the area actually got very little rain out of this. A lot of bark but no bite. So the Green River and the Colorado River will continue to drop. Not a good thing, after all.