Favorite Thing Friday: Rain Clouds


For some, I’m sure the sight of rain clouds on the horizon brings on a case of the doldrums, but for those of us in the desert rain clouds are a source of joy. After months of no rain and searing temperatures, a thunderstorm gives us all a tall drink of water.

Earlier this week, a big rain cloud rolled over the mountains across the street from my house. Like most desert dwellers, I got really excited to see one so close and low to the ground. Most of the time there are no clouds in the sky and when we do see them they are usually so high the rain evaporates before it hits the ground (thanks to 100+ degree heat).

I sat on my porch swing and watched the dark and swollen gray clouds moved closer and closer to my house. Soon lightening filled the sky and thunder echoed off the mountain. I knew rain was on its way and I couldn’t wait for the smell of wet pavement and creosote.

I snapped these pictures just before it began to rain.

Monsoon, Photos by: c.b.w. 2013

It rained for more than an hour that day, which in itself was another little miracle. Usually, we get fifteen to twenty minutes tops. I’m sure my garden loved getting rain from above instead of from the hose!

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What’s your favorite thing this week?

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c.b.w. 2013