Rain in the Valley
Our new home in the California desert doesn’t receive the summer monsoon moisture pattern we’re used to in New Mexico. This place is too far north of the usual storm tracks and too deep in the rain shadow of the massive Sierra peaks to our west. Indeed, it was rather a disappointment to be moving out of Santa Fe just as the summer storms were ramping up at last. But this year’s monsoons have been especially vigorous, and even here in the far western Great Basin we’ve enjoyed several surges of clouds and rain. There’s nothing quite like the sight of mist and cloud-wrack flowing through a normally blazing blue sky, or the smell of water falling on a thirsty land.
Our new house under peak and cloud:
No photographer ever minded a monsoon sunset….