Sunday, August 25, 2013

Monsoon Season

In the Southwest, July and August are the two wettest months of the year, when Albuquerque receives one-third of its annual 9.5-inch precipitation.  This season is ruefully yclept "Monsoon Season" by the locals.

Monsoon Season brings lots of clouds -- amazing, awesome clouds -- but little of their moisture reaches the ground because the air is so dry.  The fickle clouds, however, bring a visual feast for the photographer.

Sunrises are dramatic and colorful . . .

The clouds build up in the afternoon . . .

and when they're overhead, they look strange and dangerous . . .


Or even downright apocalyptic . . .

Sometimes you get a great sunrise and apocalyptic clouds:

When it finally does rain, it comes with lightning:

And an occasional piece of a rainbow:

If you would like to see larger versions of these and more, you can go to my photography website, Todos Juntos Photography, by clicking here.


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