Through the camera – Tucson Monsoons

Just when you think that the early summer in the Tucson area is more than you can stand, and the “it’s a dry heat” comments fall on deaf ears, you wake up one day with a tantalizing hint of moisture in the air. By mid-afternoon there is a humidity haze and the sky, empty all morning, has begun to sprout clouds. Out of nowhere the wind stirs up a wall of dust, the temperature plummets, the smell of rain envelops everything, and just as suddenly the bottom falls out. A few minutes later it just as abruptly stops. In a handful of minutes the temperature has returned, the ground is dry, and only the puddled remnants of runoff-fed flash floods serve as reminders of the thick grey column and its diaphanious attendants as they rove across the landscape.

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