HERMLEIGH, Texas // We hit rain for the first time in Texas. It was the first time the skies turned from anything but bright blue and the effect was mesmerizing. We turned off the music and just listen to the rain hit the windshield. It felt chaotic at first but a few minutes in it sounded more like white noise that calmed into a constant rhythm // like a heartbeat.
We watched the bats take flight at Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico. The bats have lived in the natural wonder for thousands of years. They migrate each year at the end of October to Mexico and return each spring. Each night like clockwork they emerge at dusk and take to the skies. Thousands of them. It can last anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours. I had no expectations of what this would look like. We honestly just happened upon it during our campsite check in. The bats spiral like a tornado counterclockwise until they swarm towards the east in search of insects. At first it looks like someone has just struck a hornets nest and the bats are angrily swarming but then you see them synchronize. They fly together in unison around and around. The sound of the wings echoing the sound of the rain on our windshield. A rhythmic music // nature's heartbeat singing.