One of the things that draws me to New Mexico is the light show it often provides. I sat at my campsite one evening and watched the lake to the east as the sun was setting behind me. The soft, pastel shades provided a gentle transition to nighttime.
After dark, it can get REALLY remarkable. The night sky is filled with stars. Overhead is the Milky Way. Taking a photo of that area is hard. Any exposure long enough to capture the night sky generates streaks in the ever-moving star field. To minimize that, I shot toward the north, rather than to the more intense star field overhead.
That light on the horizon was a barely discernible glow and was either from a small town about 50 miles away, or from Socorro, 70 miles to the north.
Dawn is often a cloudless lightening of the sky over the lake, followed by the sun peeking above the ridge. Sometimes, however, clouds will be present, creating a light show that can be intense.