After yesterday’s post, I found another unpublished image of a thunderstorm, again from a trip out west. This one was photographed near Taos, New Mexico. (Incidentally, both this image and yesterday’s were shot on transparency film using my Contax G2, a camera that once went with me everywhere.)
In light of the relentless drought which is blanketing parts of the Southwest and Plains this summer, these images are especially refreshing. “Impending Rain” are two words that would make a lot of folks happy right now. During a normal year, anyone who has spent an August in New Mexico will likely agree that the state has assembled all the right ingredients for spectacular skies. Rain is the reason for that. Afternoon thunderstorms routinely fill the sky with enough drama to make an English major happy.
Taos is bordered on the west by sagebrush plains and the northern flow of the Rio Grande. It is country that is home to a large number of black volcanic rocks, many the size of beach balls. It’s also an area with an abundance of thunder. It was in such a setting that this picture was taken. It was a fast moving front and the sunflowers did their job – a dozen delicate suns caught in the light of an approaching storm.