Archive for the ‘Monsoon’ Tag

When Images Are Created, The Words Follow   1 comment

Misty clouds roll into the canyons

Slowly transforming the horizon

Bringing everything closer together

Turning down the mid-morning lights.

Cloud-drops by chance fall

Through the forest canopy

Kissing soft paddles

Released only by the breeze.

Santa Catalina Mountain Images by kenne

Back from the mountain hike

Monsoon clouds darken

As storms build

Over hiking memories.

kenne

Capturing The Moment — Monsoon Storm Sunset   4 comments

Capturing The Moment — Monsoon Storm Sunset — Image by kenne

Rain In The Desert   Leave a comment

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Images by kenne

Yesterday, southern Arizona had heavy monsoon rains, some damaging with strong winds downing trees. For us, the winds were relatively calm with a rain fall of 1 3/4 inches of rain in less than an hour, causing street flooding throughout the area. Arizona has a stupid-driver law– wonder how many people stalled out in the flash flood areas and got tickets?

kenne

Rains Fail Over Night In The Desert — Happy 4th Of July   1 comment

View Toward The Tucson Mountains.

View Toward the Santa Catalina Mountains.

View North In Tanuri Ridge.

Rains fail over night
Monsoon finally arrived
The desert is green.

kenne

The Monsoon Season — A Blog Posting Last June Revisited   1 comment


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

kenne

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Posted June 27, 2012 by kenneturner in Information, Life, Nature, Photography, Poetry

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The Sonoran Desert Monsoon Is Building   Leave a comment

Image by kenne

The dark clouds return
The Tucson blue sky replaced
By Sonoran Green

kenne

Posted June 25, 2012 by kenneturner in Art, Life, Nature, Photography, Poetry

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The Desert Is Saturated!   3 comments

Snails On SIde-walk — Image by kenne

Here we are near the end of desert monsoon season and we are starting to get rain — a lot of it! The amount of rain over the last few days has saturated the ground, causing these little guys to come out onto side-walks and pavements — they don’t want to drawn!

kenne

Rain on the Patio — Image by kenne

Posted September 16, 2011 by kenneturner in Information, Life, Photography

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Capturing the Moment — Wind, Dust & Rain   1 comment

Wind, Dust & Rain Looking North From The Catalina Foothills — July 5, 2011 — Image by kenne

The desert monsoon season can include a dust storm before the rain. We had some dust, with 80 mph winds in parts of the Tucson area, but nothing like that in Phoenix to the north. 

kenne

Monsoon Storms Build In The Desert   3 comments

Images by kenne

Monsoon Storms Build In The Desert

We arrived noticing the clouds to the northeast
“Do you think we will finally get some rain?”
“South of the city got rain last night,
We missed out again.”

So went the conversation, weather again.
Tiring of the topic, other topics began
To work they’re way into our neighborly chat,
As usual, avoiding topics of potential discord.

“What is that? “
“Did you hear that?”
“Sounds like thunder, “was one reply,
As the conversation continued.

Try as we may, the thought of rain remained
In the background of each discussion topic.
Why not? The months without rain,
Record-setting temperatures were killing our plants.

“What is that?”
“Did you hear that?”
All eyes were directed toward the windows
The dialog taking on a tone of excitement – “It’s rain!”

Not just your typical desert rain
Where only a few drops make it to ground
Most devoured by the  dry Sonoran desert air,
We were having a true gully washer!

kenne

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

kenne

Capturing the Moment — OK, So It’s Only Rain!   Leave a comment

View of The Catalina Mountains On A Rainy Afternoon (10 minutes) In The Desert.  Image by kenne

We have been in Tucson for two months, which is the monsoon time of the year in the deserts of southern Arizona. Some areas have literally received several inches of rain, but less than a trace where we are in the Catalina Foothills. So, forgive me for behaving like a child and going out to play in the rain. I’m not sharing a photo of how wet I am, but sometimes one needs to let the child in you out. “. . . just singing in the rain, just singing in the rain, what a wonderful feeling, just singing in the rain.” I wish it was a easy to share my feelings as it is to share a photo, but if you focus on the photo the feelings will fine you and the child inside you.

kenne

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