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Monsoon Mushrooms

It hasn’t really rained much but that hasn’t stopped the mushrooms from popping up everywhere. I spotted these two early this morning and meant to go back for my photo today but got side tracked. At least I made it before the end of the day.

Waterholes Canyon

I was reminded, yesterday, of my first trip to Waterholes Canyon and thought I’d post a photo (scanned from slide) from that trip. It was taken in 1998 during an Arizona Highways Workshop to Northern Arizona. The guy taking a nap is our leader Jerry Sieve. He was really nervous that day because there was a definite threat of rain. Slot canyons are a dangerous place to be during a rainstorm so Jerry told us if we heard any thunder, we would be leaving immediately!

It was my first experience with slot canyons and I was blown away by the experience. However, my experience pales in comparison to Chris’ first trip there earlier this year. He had quite an adventure! CLICK HERE to check out some of his images from his trip.

Monsoon Clouds

I’ve captured very few monsoon clouds this summer because we’ve been gone so much but better late than never! Here’s one from night before last. I have several wonderful saguaros in my yard so I positioned myself under one. I got out a little too late but managed to catch a little last light.

Monsoon Clouds

I shot his from my office window before a recent storm. Although it looks dramatic, the photo doesn’t truly translate how spectacular the light through the clouds was!


I missed the spectacular color this morning but my DroidX handled the bright light really well!  As others…no post processing.

Pixel Bender

A Droid X shot of last light yesterday with Pixel Bender added. Fun stuff 🙂

Monsoon Sunrise

Another favorite monsoon image from 2008. I had just started a morning walk when I saw this sky. I almost didn’t try to shoot it because it was still fairly dark and all I had with me was my little compact. It was so beautiful, though, that I wanted a memory so I set the camera’s shooting mode to “continuous”, held my breath and then held the shutter down for a few seconds hoping at least one image would be fairly sharp. No…it’s not SLR quality but it actually made a very nice print. Moral? Never underestimate the capability of a compact camera!


Lots of lightning last night continuing this morning which means the Monsoon is finally here. The first thing you learn when you move here is that the Monsoon doesn’t always produce rain. It does give us some welcomed humidity, though. Our desert plants have adapted to take in the moisture from the humid air so my yard is really happy. I’m also happy because humidity plumps up my skin a little filling in my increasing lines nicely 🙂

Is it hot here? Sure but with humidity of just 33 percent today, we don’t have the oppressive heat that other parts of the country are experiencing! Today’s photo is from two years ago as seen from my office window.