Monsoon Season In The Sonoran Desert   12 comments

Why is this image beautiful? It contains the first clouds seen in months, which is the forerunner for the desert monsoon. Image by kenne

The monsoon is building in the mountains to the south
Like a scout, moist air is exploring the desert to the north
In preparation for the invasion of the wet boots from across the border

The monsoon is moving its cloud formations across the mountains
With each passing day taking up position in the blue desert sky
Pushing up the humidity and the relative heat of 110 degrees in the shade

The monsoon is bringing a shift in the desert wind (Mariah)
Pulling moisture from the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico
Producing a radical change in the form of monsoon thunderstorms

The monsoon is adjusting the desert’s aperture
Creating a pattern of “burst” and “breaks”
From hot and cold air blurring the boundary between these realities

The monsoon is the ying to the desert’s yang
Each needing the extremes of the other
To maintain life and romance in the desert

The monsoon is a name from the far east
Now commonly used in the Sonoran desert
Personally, I would prefer Mariah

Way out west, they got a name
For rain and wind and fire
The rain is Tess, the fire’s joe and
They call the wind Mariah


12 responses to “Monsoon Season In The Sonoran Desert

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  1. Beautiful shot! I’m lost in the clouds!


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  10. Keene, in my life I have found many kindred spirits, though never one so far away. Once apon a time I was learning to play the guitar and the first song I learned was Mariah, funny that. They may call the building storm monsoon, but we know better.


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